Hello and welcome to our Live coverage of the 9th men's Hockey Asia Cup
And it's not just the Asia Cup that's on the line in this even that runs form today to September 1. The winners will also bag a place in the 2014 FIH World Cup at The Hague, Netherlands.
Still some minutes before the action begins. Grab a bite and read this STAT ATTACK as your munch:
All the 8 Asia Cup titles so far have been shared by India (2), Pakistan (3) and Korea (3).
Won in 2003, 2007
Runners-up in 1982, '85, '89 and '93
Third place in 1999
Won in 1982, '85, and '89
Runners-up in 1999, 2003 and 2009
Third place in 1994
Won in 1993, '99 and 2009
Runners-up in 2007
Third place in 1985, '89 and 2003
While I prinited those stats for you, the teams moved into the filed and lined up. National Anthems being sung right now.
To update, Sardar Singh may be in the dug out but isn't likely to be on the field as he has just recovered from a viral illness that needed hospitalization in Malaysia.
Teams in the huddle now before spreading to take their position.
And we are away on the blue astro turf of the Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium in Ipoh. The Asia Cup has begun
India on the attack right away and get their first penalty corner in just the 2nd minute.
Rupinder should take the shot
And Rupinder's flick goes straight into the foot of the rushing defender. Another PC
GOAL! Mandeep scores on a rebound. India 1 - 0 Oman
Rupinder's flick was nicely saved by the Oman goalkeeper but Mandeep pounced onto the rebound and deposited it between the bars. Good strong start by India.
SK Uthappa is playing as the playmaker as Sardar sits out the match.
As expected, India enjoying a high percentage of possession. Should convert that into more attacks and goals.
10 minutes into the match now and India leading 1-0.
Once again India enter the circle with Ramandeep, who does well to create a penalty corner, India's third.
Raghunath on the field and he flicks it strongly, but nicely deflected by an Omanese defender.
GOOD NEWS: Sardar is on the field.
BAD NEWS: Sardar gets a green card, 2 minute suspension.
For the record, India have always defeated Oman by six goals or more.
Forwards Ramandeep Singh and Nikin Thimmaiah are the two Indian debutants today.
The match is 15 minutes old now, and Oman have done well to be just 0-1 down.
Good pass by Ramandeep to Malak in the striking circle, but Malak fails to trap.
GOAL! Ramandeep scores a field goal. This time Malak passed it to Ramandeep who made no mistake to slap the ball in. India 2 - 0 Oman
Goal on debut for Ramandeep, who nicely positioned himself behind the defenders. And as we speak, another PC for India.
Another PC wasted by India. Rupinder puts it wide off the left post. That's the only downer for India so far in this match.
22nd min: Good run down the middle by Manpreet but he had no support up front.
Another good pass by Sardar to Dharamvir, who puts it into the circle for Mandeep, but he is checked easily.
We're into the last 10 minutes of the first half. India creating chances, mainly through Ramandeep, but still searching for their third goal.
Penalty Stroke for India!
Goalkeeper penalized for bringing down a rampaging Ramandeep.
Raghunath on the spot, and scores. GOAL! India 3 - 0 Oman
Ramandeep is having a great game, again positions himself nicely to receive the ball on left of the Oman D and passes it in but no Indian shirt in there to take advantage.
And soon after, another chance squandered by India. This time a great save by Oman goalkeeper Younis.
Into the last 5 minutes of the first 35.
Almost all Indian legs in the Oman 25-yard.
And another penalty corner. India's fifth. Uthappa wins it for obstruction in the striking circle.
GOAL! And this time Rupinder makes no mistake. India 4 - 0 Oman
Half Time: India lead Oman 4-0
Mandeep, Ramandeep, Raghunath and Rupinder Pal scored for India in the first half.
Teams are back on the sidelines, doing the last-minute preps to enter the field for the second half.
All set for the final 35 minutes. India should pump in at least 4 more.