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CWG 2022: Indian women’s hockey team lost to Australia in shootout

India’s Vandana Kataria celebrates after scoring her side’s first goal during the women’s semi-final hockey match between Australia and India at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, Friday, Aug. 5, 2022. (AP/PTI)

Birmingham: The Indian women’s hockey team lost 0-3 in a shoot-out to four-time champions Australia in the Commonwealth Games semifinals after the two teams were tied 1-1 at the end of regulation time. Friday.

Australia took the lead through Rebecca Greener in the 10th minute and Vandana Kataria equalized for India in the 49th minute.
The Indians, who are yet to concede a goal in the match, defended in numbers to keep their slate clean. India made an attacking start and had the first chance in the eighth minute, but Australia escaped by a close shave.

Australia took the lead in the 10th minute after India’s defensive breakdown saw Greiner deflect Ambrosia Malone’s cross.
Australia got their first penalty corner in the next minute but Monica Colline saved. Two minutes later, India got their second penalty corner but squandered the chance.

Australia started strongly in the second quarter and put pressure on the Indian defense from the start, but the Savita Punia-led team kept its structure. The Indians won their third penalty corner in the 21st minute, but Gurjit Kaur’s flick was saved by Australian goalkeeper Aleesha Power.

Three minutes later, Sangeeta Kumari’s reverse shot from the top of the circle was again denied. In the 24th minute, India won another penalty corner, but the Australians went into half-time to take a 1-0 lead.

The quarter produced a tooth-and-nail fight between the two sides and Australia conceded five consecutive penalty corners in the 44th minute, but Indian captain and goalkeeper Savita and her defense denied their rivals any further avenues.

One minute into the final quarter, Savita again came to India’s rescue to block Stephanie Kershaw’s try. Undeterred, the Indians continued to attack the Australian defense force. In the 49th minute of the match, Vandana Kataria split Susheela Sanu’s defense from outside the circle to level the scores.

India were awarded another penalty corner in the 51st minute, but Power again produced a superb reflex save to deny Gurjit. Australia got two more penalty corners a minute later from Hooter, but Savita produced an excellent double save from the first attempt as the Indians took the match to a shoot-out.

But it turned out to be an anti-climax for India in the shoot-out as Lalremsyamy, Neha Goyal and Navneet Kaur missed their first three attempts, while Australia squandered all chances to face hosts England in the final. .

However, the Indians had to consider themselves unlucky as Malone initially missed his first attempt for Australia, but the umpires gave him a second chance as the clock did not start on time. Caitlin Nobbs and Amy Laughton scored for the Hawkeyes in the shootout.

In the other semi-final, England beat New Zealand 2-0 in a shoot-out as both teams failed to break the deadlock after 60 minutes. India will face New Zealand in the bronze medal match on Sunday.

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