The Bangladesh XI made a frustrating start in the 49th ONGC-Nehru Senior Hockey Tournament after suffering a 6-0 defeat to Air India in their opening match at the Shivaji Stadium in New Delhi, India yesterday.
Bangladesh had started their tour quietly with a 4-0 win over Panjab Bank XI in the lone practice match but they faced a tough challenge against Air India in the first match and conceded the lead in the very eighth minute through Joga Singh. Shivendra Singh doubled the lead in the 27th minute.
Air India were more attacking in the second half and added four more goals to end up with a convincing 6-0 win. Joga and Shivendra found the Bangladesh net one more time each while Somanna Pradhan and VS Vinaya scored one goal each to complete the rout.
Bangladesh is taking part in prestigious Indian tournament as part of their preparation for February's World Hockey League (Round-2). Bangladesh will play their second match against ONGC XI tomorrow.