The first day of action at the Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 concludes with variety in the scorelines and brilliant attacking hockey on display. Here's how the action played out on 28th November.#IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey pic.twitter.com/ugKa9oUCqK — Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) November 28, 2018
The opening day of FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 will see two Pool C encounters. In the first match of the day, World number 3 Belgium will take on Canada, while hosts India will lock horns with rainbow nation South Africa at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar. Belgium won silver at the Rio Olympics by finishing behind Argentina, while the Canadians ended up second from the bottom by virtue of a single point earned via a 2-2 draw against Indian. Brazil had no points whatsoever at Rio Olympics.
Hockey World Cup 2018, Day 1, Match 2: India vs South Africa
India are expected to face an uphill battle playing in front of the home crowd that will turn up in large numbers to watch the FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018. Despite being the most successful team in Olympic hockey with eight golds, India have won the World Cup only once, way back in 1975. Hosts India will start their campaign against South Africa at 1900 IST. India last played South Africa at the 2014 Commonwealth Game and thrashed them 5-2. In Hockey World Cup 2018, India’s attack will depend upon the tweaks brought by head coach Harendra Singh as he brought in striker Aksahdeep Singh from Junior national team.
There will be another opening ceremony before the start of the first match. Bollywood star Salman Khan is expected to perform live.