LAHORE: Pakistan, rode on a hat trick of Atiq Arshad, trounced Thailand 10-0 to take a victorious start in the Asian Games hockey competition on Monday at Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) Sports Complex, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Record eight-time champion Pakistan were off to a flying start at the Asian Games with the thrashing of little known Thailand with a volley of goals.

Atiq Arshad shone with a hat-trick while Tauseeq Arshad, Mohammad Irfan and Abu Bakr, all had a brace. Mubashar Ali added one goal.

Pakistan took time to open the account. It was the last minute of the first quarter when Tauseeq Arshad converted a penalty corner.

Three more goals were added in the second quarter and they led 4-0 at the half time. Pakistan found the target six times in the second half to complete the tally.

Green Shirts will take on Oman on August 22 in their second outing.

Scorers, Pakistan, Atiq Arshad (3), Tauseeq Arshad (2), Mohammad
Irfan (2), Abu Bakr (2) and Mubashar Ali (1).