Asian Women’s Champions Trophy | India stun China to make it two wins in a row

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Asian Women’s Champions Trophy | India stun China to make it two wins in a row

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SportsCafe Desk

05/16/2018

The Indian eves lived up to their defending champions tag as Vandana Katariya’s brace helped them get the better of China by a score of 3-1 to secure their second consecutive win at the Asian Champions Trophy. The Indian women’s hockey team will next play Malaysia in their round-robin game tomorrow.

India started on the offensive from the outset as Katriya broke the Chinese defense in the 4th minute of the game to give India an early lead. The pressure generated by the Indian forwards caught the Chinese defense off guard and taking the advantage of the same, Katariya scored one more goal in the 11th minute of the game before China’s Wen Dan pulled one back for her team with a goal in the dying seconds of the first quarter.

In the second quarter of the game, India managed to carry on the momentum that was given by Katariya and co and also showed defensive skills to nullify Chinese attack. Indian custodian Savita came to India’s rescue when she denied China from their fifth penalty corner in the third quarter.

India, however, attacked with more intent in the fourth and final quarter of the game and that paid huge dividend as Gurjit Kaur scored with a low, grounded flick to make the scoreline 3-1. After trailing by two goals, the Chinese had to go all out in the remaining minutes of the game and in the process, they secured their sixth penalty of the match. However, the Indian defense stood tall to deny them any further penalty corner opportunities to present India their second consecutive victories in the tournament. 

Now, India will lock horns with Malaysia, got the better of Japan 3-2 in another encounter today, in their next round-robin match tomorrow. 

“It was important to hold our defence against a dangerous Chinese team who have the ability to comeback into the game at any point,” said Vandana, who was awarded player-of-the-match for her double-goal effort, reported PTI.

“Our aim today was to start well and get an early lead to put pressure on them and it worked. It was a complete team effort.”

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