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Home favourites Bangladesh storm into HWL Round 2

September 7, 2014
Hockey World League Round 1 - Dhaka, Bangladesh (Men)

Bangledesh men justified their pre-tournament favourites tag with a dominant display in the Hockey World League Round 1 event in Dhaka. 

The host nation and world number 32 recorded victories over tournament rivals Sri Lanka (FIH World Ranking: 40) and Hong Kong (WR: 46) to seal a safe passage through to Round 2 and maintain their own hopes of achieving qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. 

Bangladesh were given a stern test in their opening match (5th September) when they went toe-to-toe with Sri Lanka. The home team took an early lead from Hasan Jubair (4’) before Sri Lanka’s Sadaruwan Priyalanka (13’) restored parity with a penalty corner. However, goals in the 22nd and 27th minutes from Krishno-Kumar Das and Khorshadur Rahman gave Bangladesh what proved to be an unassailable lead, with Priyalanka netting his second of the game four minutes from time to make the final score 3-2. 

Bangladesh confirmed the tournament victory by recording a comfortable 3-1 win over Hong Kong (7th September) thanks to a hat-trick from Hasan Jubair, goals which ensured that he finished top of the scoring charts in Dhaka. 

Sri Lanka were also winners over Hong Kong, cruising to a 6-1 win thanks to goals from Dhammika Ranasinga (2), Prasanna Dissanayaka, Sadaruwan Pritalanka, Lakshan Nanayakkara and Mohomad Mulafar on 6 September. The result ensured that Sri Lanka finished second in the table, with Hong Kong third.

To see results and statistics from the men’s tournament in Dhaka, click here.

The winning teams at all of the Hockey World League Round 1 events are guaranteed a place in Round 2 of the Hockey World League, where they will be joined by a number of the highest-placed finishers from the Round 1 tournaments. Round 2 will also see the introduction of the teams placed from 12 to 19 in the FIH World Rankings with the sides ranked 1 to 11 starting their journey in Round 3, where tickets for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as well as qualification for the Finals tournament are up for grabs.  

To learn more about the second edition of the Hockey World League, click here.

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