It was a heartbreaker for the Indian women’s hockey team as they lost to four-time champions Australia in a shootout after the two teams were tied 1-1 at the end of regulation time in the semi-finals of the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games. They lost 0-3. Game on Friday.
Australia took the lead in the 10th minute through Rebecca Greiner before Vandana Kataria equalized for India in the 49th minute.
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India started on the attack and had their first chance in the eighth minute but Australia saved from close range.
Australia took the lead in the 10th minute, following a defensive break from India when Greiner deflected Ambrosia Malone’s cross.
Australia got their first penalty corner in the next minute but Monica made a goal line save.
Two minutes later, India earned their second penalty corner but missed the chance.
Australia made a strong start in the second quarter and put pressure on the Indian defense from the start but the Swetha Punia-led side kept their structure.
The Indians were not to be outdone as they earned their third penalty corner in the 21st minute but Gurjit Kaur’s flick was saved by Australian goalkeeper Alesha Power.
Three minutes later, Sangeeta Kumari’s reverse shot from the top of the circle was again denied by the Power.
In the 24th minute, India earned another penalty corner but the Australians defended the numbers at half-time leading 1-0.
The quarter was also fought tooth and nail between the two sides and in the 44th minute Australia won five consecutive penalty corners but Indian captain and goalkeeper Savita and his defense showed bravery to deny their rivals any further advantage. demonstrated
A minute into the final quarter, Savita again came to India’s rescue to block a Stephanie Kershaw effort.
The Indians did not give up and continued to attack the Australian defense which ended in the 49th minute for the first time in the contest when Vandana Kataria deftly deflected Sushila Chanu’s free-hit from outside the circle to level the scores. .
India earned another penalty corner in the 51st minute but Power again made a fine reflex save to deny Gurjit.
Australia won two more penalty corners in the hooter’s minute but Savita made a fine double save from the first attempt as the Indians defended their skin to take the match to a shootout.
But it proved to be an anti-climax for India in the shootout as Lalramsyami, Neha Goyal and Navneet Kaur missed their first three tries, while Australia converted all their chances to set up a showdown against hosts England in the final. .
However, the Indians should consider themselves unlucky as Malone initially missed his first try for Australia but was given a second chance by the umpires as the clock had not started on time. Caitlin Nobbs and Amy Lawton were the other scorers for the Hawkeyes in the shootout.
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