Chennai:India expectedly beat Bangladesh 6-0 in the Asia Cup match at Chennai on Tuesday.
However, for the first 35 minutes it looked as if the defending champions were still recovering from their clash against South Africa on Monday and it seems there's a lot more to do for coach Joaquim Carvalho especially in the penalty corner area.
India began in fifth gear from the word go hoping to add to Bangladeshi's misery and add to their goal tally that stood at 24 after three straight victories. But they found the Bangladeshi keeper a tough nut to crack. He eventually won the Man of the Match award.
India's failure to convert from penalty corners had been their undoing over the last few years. They got a total of seven against Bangladesh but managed to convert only one.
It seemed as if the Indian forwards had left their shooting boots at home against a side that had conceded eight goals in three games.
The breakthrough for India came five minutes before half time. The Bangladeshi keeper had kept his side in the match for half an hour, but he was finally beaten by Raghunath as India went into the break 1-0 up.
The second half though was a complete contrast from the first. The Coach's hairdryer treatment must have worked because by the time 38 minutes were up India had added two more goals to their tally.
Prabhjot Singh added two goals to add to the five he had scored against Sri Lanka and the one against South Korea on Monday as India won 6-0.
They now play Thailand on Thursday.