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India vs Netherlands, FIH Pro League 2020, Highlights: Hosts thump World No 3 Dutchmen 5-2 in high-intensity clash

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India vs Netherlands, FIH Pro League 2020, Highlights: Hosts thump World No 3 Dutchmen 5-2 in high-intensity clash
  • The Olympics-bound Indian men's hockey team will kick-start its preparations for the quadrennial showpiece when it debuts in the FIH Pro League against the Netherlands.

  • India will take on the 2019 Pro League and European bronze medal winners, the Netherlands, in two matches in their opening tie at the Kalinga Stadium.

  • With all the top teams of the world in fray, the home-and-away Pro League will be ideal preparation for World N0 5 India ahead of the Summer Games later this year.

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Jan 18, 2020 - 21:00 (IST)

That's all we have for now.

It was a brilliant performance from the Indian side to score five goals against one of the top hockey nations. Credit to the all the players who pressed the Dutch and forced them to make mistakes. 

We will be back again tomorrow for the second match at the same stadium. Do join us then. Have a good night! 

Jan 18, 2020 - 20:58 (IST)

Billy Bakker, Dutch captain

"We played good only in one quarter. I don't think (adaptability) was a problem. It was not a good performance from us today.

Jan 18, 2020 - 20:57 (IST)

Lalit Upadhaya, player of the match:

"I thank the crowd for the support. All the credit goes to my teammates and my coach. It's always a tough situation when a player comes from an injury. We have a dream at Olympics so we have to prepare for everything." 

Jan 18, 2020 - 20:51 (IST)

IND 5-2 NED

It's all over! What a performance from the Indians. They dominated the higher-ranked Netherlands and ended up scoring five goals. Top notch!  

Jan 18, 2020 - 20:50 (IST)

Fourth QT: IND 5-2 NED

Akashdeep finds space and tries a reverse hit. Good power but the accuracy is missing. 

Jan 18, 2020 - 20:49 (IST)

Fourth QT: IND 5-2 NED

Less than two minutes left in this quarter. The Dutch need some sort of a miracle now. 

They get a penalty corner but the hit is saved well by the Indian goalkeeper.  

Jan 18, 2020 - 20:45 (IST)

Fourth QT: IND 5-2 NED

Chance for India with Akashdeep going inside the circle from the left but the Dutch defenders spoil the opportunity. 

Jan 18, 2020 - 20:44 (IST)

Fourth QT: IND 5-2 NED

Amit Rohidas takes charge for the penalty corner but his shot is wide. 

Jan 18, 2020 - 20:43 (IST)

Fourth QT: IND 5-2 NED

Once again, India get their referral right so yet another penalty corner for them.  

Jan 18, 2020 - 20:39 (IST)

Fourth QT: IND 5-2 NED

India get another penalty corner but this time, their play didn't work out. Good clearance by the Dutch players. 

Preview: The Olympics-bound Indian men's hockey team will kick-start its preparations for the quadrennial showpiece when it debuts in the FIH Pro League against World No 3 the Netherlands on Saturday.

After having missed the first edition of the event, India will take on the 2019 Pro League and European bronze medal winners, the Netherlands, in two matches in their opening tie at the Kalinga Stadium. The second match will be played on Sunday.

With all the top teams of the world in fray, the home-and-away Pro League will be ideal preparation for World N0 5 India ahead of the Summer Games later this year.

After the Dutch side, India will host world champions Belgium on February 8 and 9 followed by two more home fixtures against Australia on 22 and 23 February.

The Indian team will then leave for the away games in Germany (25 and 26 April) and Great Britain (2 and 3 May).

India will return to play on home soil on 23 and 24 May against New Zealand before travelling to Argentina to play on 5 and 6 June.

The Manpreet Singh-led side will play the last leg of the Pro League round-robin matches in Spain on 13 and 14 June.

India's head coach Graham Reid will be aware of the challenges that await his team in the Pro League opener.

Having served as a former assistant coach to the Dutch, Reid knows exactly what to expect from Netherlands in the double header.

The matches will also provide India a chance to avenge their heart-breaking 1-2 loss in the quarterfinal of the 2018 World Cup.

A look at the previous 10 meetings between the two teams reveals that there is little to choose between them.

The Netherlands have won five of those meetings, with India victorious on four occasions and one match ending in a draw.

Reid too insisted that they are looking at the Pro League outings as a platform for Olympic preparation.

"It will be important to start strong and sharp in the Pro League with our first three encounters against the top three teams in the world," Reid has said.

"We will be focussing on getting our structures right and honing our set plays as preparation for our Olympic campaign."

The Indians would also benefitted by their familiarity with the Kalinga Stadium turf, having trained and played numerous matche.

It is the same venue where the eight-time Olympic champions qualified for the 2020 Games after thrashing Russia 11-3 on aggregate in the two-leg FIH Qualifiers in November last year.

"The matches against India are a very important opener. Playing against India at their home ground is challenging no doubt but it is also very exciting because we love playing in Bhubaneswar," Netherlands coach Max Caldas said.

Caldas too is looking at the Pro League as preparation for Olympics.

"The players and combinations we wanted to test were experimented during the previous edition of Pro League. This edition we will have our most competitive team as this will be the stepping-stone for us to be the best at Tokyo," he said.

India will field a full-strength team which will witness the return of midfielders Chinglensana Singh and Sumit, who were out with injuries.

Chinglensana was on the sidelines with an ankle fracture since the National Championship last year, while Sumit suffered a wrist injury in June during the FIH Men's Series Final.

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