Final Score Update: IND 6 – 0 JPN (India won).
It’s 2018 and a new season starts. What more than to warm up the season with some Hockey action, right? Team India will take on Japan in the 4 Nations Invitational Tournament on Wednesday 17th January. Since it’s a fresh start, both teams will be at their best to top it out and take the crown.
India vs Japan 4 Nations Invitational Tournament Hockey Match 2018 Venue and Details
Match Number – 1
Match Venue – Blake Park, Tauranga (New Zealand)
Match Timing – 17 January, 10:15 AM(IST), 5:45 PM (NZDT).
India vs Japan 4 Nations Invitational Hockey Tournament with latest updates will be live streamed on Hotstar. If you are a resident of India or staying in India, catch the live score and telecast on Star Sports 2 HD and Star Sports 2.
India vs Japan Four Nations Invitational Tournament Hockey Match 2018 Prediction
Match Prediction – India will win the match, settling for a score of 4-2 with Japan.
India vs Japan 4 Nations Invitational Tournament Hockey Match 2018 Preview
It’s been a couple of days since India is practicing on the new pitch, getting to know the nook and cranny of the place. Rupinder who will be leading the defence for the team against Japan, and is happy with the team, having completed some good sessions on the pitch. This will be the first match of 2018 for both teams and victory is a must for either. All eyes are on Sreejesh who’s back in for more action, taking the limelight and will be the key player for team India.
With a good track record, and consistent performance against high ranked players, he will be the perfect fit for this match. Last year in Men’s Asia Cup, India defeated Japan, rounding the score 5-1, and is sure ready to take home the crown.
India vs Japan 2018 Four Nations Invitational Tournament Hockey Match Squads
Indian Squad – PR Sreejesh, Krishan Bahadur Pathak, Harmanpreet Singh, Surender Kumar, Gurinder Singh, Varun Kumar, Rupinderpal Singh, Birendra Lakra, Manpreet Singh(C), Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (VC), Vivek Sagar Prasad, Harjeet Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, Simranjeet Singh, Satbir Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Mandeep Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay and Armaan Qureshi.
Japan Squad – Suguru Shinmoto,Takashi Yoshimoto, Manabu Yamashita, Hirotaka Zendana, Masaki Ohashi, Yoshikazu Ito, Shota Yamada, Yoshiki Kirishita, Genki Mitani, Kazuma Murata, Suguru Hoshi, Seren Tanaka, Hiromasa Ochiai, Tsubasa Yamamizu, Kenta Tanaka, Kenji Kitazato, Heita Yoshihara, Yuki Wakuri, Kentaro Fukuda and Koshi Yamasaki.
Team will be at their best this game, since a win in this game will keep the morale up for next match against Belgium and New Zealand in the series.
Keep posted for more updates on this match.