Indian defender Rupinder Pal Singh starred in the India A Men’s Hockey Team’s 5-1 victory against Bangladesh in the sixth and final practice match played here at the Sports Authority of India, Bengaluru Campus.

The experienced dragflicker scored a hat-trick of goals in the 24th, 47th and 60th minutes. He gave the team a 1-0 lead in the second quarter after Bangladesh had made a good start that kept India ‘A’ from scoring in the first quarter.

Rupinder’s goal was followed by Gurjinder Singh’s goal through a PC in the 27th minute. The other goal scorer for India ‘A’ was Vikas Dahiya, who for a change donned the role of a forward instead of a goalkeeper in today’s match. His 54th minute field goal drew loud cheers from teammates and support staff. For Bangladesh, Mohammad Ashraful Islam scored the team’s lone goal through a PC in the 53rd minute.