Last update: August 04, 2022, 23:18 IST
The Indian women’s hockey team will look to build on their success at the Tokyo Olympics when they take on mighty Australia in the second semifinal of the Commonwealth Games here on Friday. India defeated Australia 1-0 in the quarter-finals of the Tokyo Olympics last year. And come Friday, the team led by Swetha Punia will try to do an encore here. But that would be easier said than done as Australia have dominated the CWG with four gold medals in six editions since its introduction to the hockey games. In 1998
The Hawkeyes are in superb form here and top their pool with four wins in as many games and that too without conceding a single goal. India, on the other hand, are second in Pool A behind hosts England with nine points. India’s only loss (1-3) came against the home team.
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The Indians will have to play out of their skin and chief coach Janek Schuppmann will be hoping that his team can put up a clinical performance in all aspects of the game. Aditya and Deep Grace Ekka will have to be on their toes against the fast-attacking Aussies.
The defense crumbled under pressure which was evident in their 1-3 loss against England in their last pool match. Neha Goyal has been a vital link between the midfield and forward line but needs more help.
The Strikeforce will also have to be at their best and can’t afford to waste scoring opportunities with the likes of Sharmila Devi, Navneet Kaur and Lal Ramsiani, especially against a strong Australia side, who are yet to score a goal in the tournament. Didn’t agree. After finishing second to New Zealand in the last CWG at home, the Aussies will be desperate to return to the top of the podium. In the first semi-final, hosts England will face the reigning CWG champions New Zealand.
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