Defending champions and favourites India started their 2018 Asian Champions Trophy hockey campaign with a crushing win over Oman at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat on Thursday.Young striker Dilpreet Singh scored a hat-trick while Harmanpreet Singh scored twice in India’s 11-0 rout of the hosts Oman.India opened the scoring through Lalit Upadhyay’s goal in open play in the 17th minute. Three more goals followed in the second quarter as Harmanpreet Singh (22nd minute) sounded the board with a low drag-flick, followed by Nilakanta Sharma (23rd minute) flicking in during a goalmouth scrimmage and Mandeep Singh (30th minute) capitalising on a pass from the right flank.In the second half, India displayed phenomenal phases of hockey as Dilpreet scored three goals (41st, 55th and 57th minute) and was adjudged man of the match, while Gurjant Singh (37th minute), Akashdeep Singh (27th minute), Varun Kumar (49th minute) and Harmanpreet (53rd minute) made entries on the score-sheet.The Indian Men’s Hockey Team showcased an inspiring performance as they beat hosts Oman 11-0 in their opening match of the Hero Asian Champions Trophy 2018 on 18th October. Here are some photographs from the match.ALBUM: https://t.co/BMjHWixlNO#IndiaKaGama #HeroACT2018 pic.twitter.com/FpKptiFKWAHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 18, 2018Dilpreet credited his goals to the support of his teammates. “It was not just an individual effort. My teammates created the openings for me to score the goals,” he said.”We are happy to start in this manner, but tougher competition is ahead of us,” said Harendra. “I am not happy at the manner in which we played the first quarter. We have a lot of work to do,” Indian coach Harendra Singh said.advertisementFT| The Indian Men’s Hockey Team showcase an inspiring performance to pick up a comfortable victory against hosts Oman in their opening game of the Hero Asian Champions Trophy 2018 on 18th October 2018. #IndiaKaGame #HeroACT2018 #INDvOMA pic.twitter.com/XCmLGlLezmHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 18, 2018Oman team’s coach Tahir Zaman said he expected India to go all out, but was upset at the errors by his defenders. “We gave away four or five goals that should not have been there,” said Zaman, a former Pakistan captain.”We were playing against Asia’s highest-ranked team. Our target was to sustain and absorb the pressure that was expected from India,” said Zaman.”Despite the highly skilled opponents, our team did well to create some scoring opportunities in the first quarter,” he said. “We need to learn from the mistakes and stay competitive in the tournament,” Zaman said.India play the next match of the Asian Champions Trophy against Pakistan on Saturday.