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India pulverise Hong Kong with 7-0 victory

Surinder Kaur scored four goals in an emphatic victory of Indian hockey team over Hong Kong by 7-0.

india Updated: Dec 08, 2006 16:48 IST

Surinder Kaur slammed in four goals as India kept themselves on course for a medal in the Asian Games women's hockey by trouncing lowly Hong Kong by an emphatic 7-0 margin in a round robin league match in Doha on Friday.

Surinder (21st, 35th, 54th, 68th) virtually toyed with the hapless defence to inflict the maximum damage while captain Jyoti Sunita Kullu (27th, 47th) chipped in with two goals and Jasjeet Kaur Handa (50th) pumped in goal in a totally one-sided contest at the Al-Rayyan hockey stadium.

With this huge victory, India climbed to the top of the table with nine points from four matches, having won three and lost one. Although China had nine points from three matches, the Indians had a better goal difference of +14 as compared to China's +12.

"The performance of the team was not very good. We missed many chances. It will be bad if we repeat this in the next game against Japan," captain Kullu said.

"It was not necessary to plan a good game but we still did not play as well as we had hoped. We had a poor performance and were not very alert," she said.

Although the Indians won by a big margin, their game left much to be desired as they missed chances galore and also committed a few lapses in the forward line.

Hong Kong had earlier suffered bigger losses to stronger sides like China (0-9) and South Korea (0-15).

First Published: Dec 08, 2006 16:48 IST