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Shakeel Abbasi. -File photo by AFP

KARACHI: Pakistan started their Asian Hockey Champions Trophy campaign in style, trouncing Oman 8-3 in the opening match on Thursday in Doha, Qatar.

Shakeel Abbasi scored three goals while Waqas Sharif scored two and Abdul Haseem, Mohammad Rizwan (sr) and Mohammad Imran scored one apiece as the Greenshirts overcame Oman with ease.

The tournament comprises six top teams from Asia - Pakistan, China, India, Oman, Malaysia and Japan.

Pakistan will face China next on Friday, December 21.

Meanwhile, defending champions India also got off to a fine start by beating China 4-0 with goals from V Raghunath, SV Sunil and Bimal Lakra.

Pakistan are firm favourites to win the Asian event after a successful Champions Trophy where they clinched a bronze medal by beating India in the play-off.

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Israf Ud Din Dec 21, 2012 09:01am
Pakistan must work hard in their defence
Cyrus Howell Dec 20, 2012 08:02pm
Oman? Where is that?
Khalid Dec 20, 2012 08:13pm
Good performance by the Pak team, but 3 against from a team with no standing like Oman, should be a matter of worry and reflection to plan well against strong teams. All other teams particularly India and Malaysia can clinch an upset win. Just a word of caution.
Michael Warner Dec 20, 2012 09:02pm
Bright start and good scoring. Large scoring against weaker teams will bring accuracy in scoring against tough teams. The opponents did prove to be the other half of the story. They scored three goals against a tough teams defence. Too many goals were allowed by the team, this will lead to easy goals scored by the tough teams forward line. One or two goals is acceptable when playing against a team like Oman, and scoring eight goals, but three is a crossing border line to make the other team feel that they can compete and get tougher. Psychological aspect of the game. Congratulations.
Morad786 Dec 20, 2012 09:04pm
Great Game and Well Done Green Shirts! I was there to watch you in the stands!
No tolerence Dec 21, 2012 01:35am
Against Oman Pak consumed 3 goals. I can see big improvement!!!!!!!
Bbbb Dec 21, 2012 01:55am
Bravo. Looks like they can beat Nepal and the Penguins of Antarctica as well.
Dilawer Dec 21, 2012 03:18am
And what makes you think that this qualifies as News. Keep lowing standards and one day you will report that Pakistan Hockey defeated para Olympics hockey teams. There is no sense in sports writer in Pakistan/Dawn.
Irtiza Dec 21, 2012 03:38am
Good result, but they should work harder on their defence as conceding three goals against a team like Oman is worrying.