Hosts face HK today
Bangladesh must bounce back from their shocking defeat against Chinese Taipei to keep themselves in the hunt for qualification of Asian Games when they face Hong Kong in today's match of the Robi Asian Games Hockey qualifiers at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium.
The top two teams from the seven will qualify for the Asian Games. Bangladesh, as defending champions and highest-ranked team, were expected to qualify with ease. But the hosts now find themselves in a precarious position as they went down to Chinese Taipei 5-7 after having made a flying start against Thailand with a 8-1 win. Bangladesh still have the likes of Singapore and Sri Lanka to face who are very much capable of springing a surprise.
One thing that Bangladesh might feel confident about is that they had blanked today's opponents 9-0 in a pre-tournament practice match. But they can't be too complacent as Hong Kong have started the campaign with a 1-1 draw followed by a 4-3 win over Sri Lanka only to fall to Singapore 3-1 in their third match.
Bangladesh coach musty make a few changes to his line-up, specially to the defence and midfield, after a lethargicperformance against Taipei.
The match will start at 10am at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium and state-run channel BTV will telecast the match live.
Leaders Chinese Taipei take on Thailand while second-in-the-table Singapore play against Oman in the later matches of the day.