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  FIH Men Series Finals: India make flying start
BHUBANESWAR,06 Jun 2019 (Team Orisports)
 

Host India (World Rank 5) destroyed Russia (WR 22) 10-0 in their opening Pool-A match to give their campaign a flying start in the FIH Mens Series Finals here at Kalinga Stadium Hockey Complex today. Poland (WR 21) crushed lowest ranked Uzbekistan (WR 43) 4-0, while USA (WR 25) upset South Africa (WR 16) 3-0 in two other matches of the opening day.

Harmanpreet Singh and Akashdeep Singh scored two goals each, while Nilakanta Sharma, Simranjeet Singh, Amit Rohidas, Varun Kumar, Gursahibjit Singh and Vivek Sagar Prasad contributed one each in the easy win for India. Nilakanta Sharma was adjudged the Player of the Match. He was presented with a cash prize of Rs 25,000.

 

USA goalkeeper Jonathan Klages and Mateusz Hulboj of Poland bagged the other two Player of the Match prizes of the day. The match against Russia was the 250th for India captain Manpreet Singh. Chinese umpire Dekang Chen, who completed his 100th international match today in the game between USA and South Africa, received the Golden Whistle from FIH.

Odisha Sports Minister Tusharkanti Behera gave away the Man of the Match award to Nilakanta Sharma, while the Man of the Match award of the first game was handed over to Jonathan Klages by Odisha Sports & Youth Services Secretary Vishal Kumar Dev.

RESULTS:
6 June (Match 1):
USA (Christian De Angelis 47’, Paul Singh 57’) beat South Africa 2-0. Player of the Match: Jonathan Klages (USA).
6 June (Match 2): Poland (Pawel Bratkowski 5’,36, Mateusz Hulboj 27’,40’) beat Uzbekistan 4-0. PoM: Mateusz Hulboj.
6 June (Match 3): India (Nilakanta Sharma 13’, Simranjeet Singh 19’, Amit Rohidas 20’, Harmanpreet Singh 32’,48’, Varun Kumar 34’, Gursahibjit Singh 37’, Akashdeep Singh 42’,56’, Vivek Sagar Prasad 45’) beat Russia 10-0. PoM: Nilakanta Sharma.
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TOP: Odisha Sports & Youth Services Secretary Vishal Kumar Dev presents the Man of the Match award to USA goalkeeper Jonathan Klages on 6 June 2019.
RIGHT: Odisha Sports Minister Tusharkanti Behera gaves away the Man of the Match award to Nilakanta Sharma on 6 June 2019.

 
   

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