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12:00 AM, March 14, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, March 14, 2019

India begin with a bang

Defending champions India started their SAFF Women's Championship campaign with a bang, handing a massive 6-0 defeat to Maldives in the Group B opener at the Sahid Rangashala in Biratnagar yesterday.

With the win, the four-time champions extended their winning streak to 19 out of 20 matches in the tournament, where only Bangladesh had held them to a 1-1 draw in the last edition. India also have the advantage of playing against Sri Lanka in the group-deciding match on March 17.

India, who beat Maldives 8-0 in the third edition in 2014, toyed with the islanders after taking a five goal lead and eventually added another to their tally.

Sanju struck a brace while Dangmei Grace, Sandhiya Ranganathan, Indumathi Kathiresan and Ratanbala Devi scored one goal apiece for favourites India.

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