India amd Oman inaugurated the Asia Cup 2013. With the ticket to World Cup 2014 guaranteed to the winner, Sardar Singh led team is expected to win the Asia Cup. In 2009 Asia Cup, India failed to cross the Pool stage for the first time, and the easy pool in 2013 guarantees their place to semifinal, alongwith South Korea. India started with 8-0 win over Oman, but the relaxed approach, missed penalty corners, incomplete passes, and tired legs in the second half raises a question mark over their preparation for the cup.
India started the match by taking lead in the 4th minute when Mandeep Singh converted the second penalty corner that resulted due to wrong blocking of first penalty corner. After that through Ramandeep, Raghunath and Rupinder Pal Singh after first half they led by convincing 4-0.
In the second half, they could add four more goals as Mandeep, Malak, and Uthappa (70th minute) added 4 field goals.
India had 17 shots on goal, 25 times penetrations, 80% possession in opposition half and 6 penalty corners besides one penalty stroke. They converted only 2 penalty corners. Defenders had comparatively good time as Oman decided to defend and in the entire match had only two shots on goal, without any penalty corner.
4th minute Mandeep Singh (PC)
17th Ramandeep Singh
28th minute Raghunath Penalty stroke
34th Rupinder Pal Singh (PC)
40th Mandeep Singh
45th Ramandeep Singh
47th Malak Singh
70th Uthappa Kushalappa
Ind vs Oman Record
- 7-0 Asia Cup 2013
9-1 Ind beat Oman men’s Hero Hockey World League Round 2 2013
11-0 Ind bt Oman 2012 Asian Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy
9-0 Ind bt Oman in 2006 Asia Cup