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[font=Comic Sans MS]Bangladesh recorded their biggest ever victory in international hockey when they trounced Thailand 13-0 on the opening day of the 7th Asia Cup Hockey in Chennai yesterday.

Four-goal Russel Mahmud Jimmy led the onslaught as the young and experimental side, missing a number of regular faces in the national team, took control at the Radhakrishnan Memorial Stadium in the south Indian city.

Mohammad Mamun hit the mark three times while Zahidul Islam and Iqbal Nader each scored second-half braces for the winners, who led the first half 4-0.

Zahid Bin Talib, Khondokar Hasan and skipper Issa Mia shared the remaining goals.

The victory brought memories of the 1995 SAF Games when Bangladesh thrashed Nepal 12-1 for their previous biggest win at this same ground. The venue also holds memories of Bangladesh's brilliant display against Pakistan with Mahbub Harun, now coach of the national team, being the fulcrum of the team. Bangladesh eventually went down 3-2 after conceding two goals from penalty strokes in the SAF Games match.

Talib put Bangladesh ahead after four minutes but Jimmy got into the acts in the tenth minute when he doubled the lead. The striker notched his second nine minutes later and the latter strikes from Jimmy, adjudged man-of-the-match, came inside the last three minutes of the match. It is the first time a Bangladeshi player has scored four goals in a match.

"We expected to win the opening match, but never thought the margin would be so big. Our aim now is to play good hockey against big teams," said Bangladesh manager Mohammed Yusuf Ali. [/font]
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