Indian women’s last-minute nerve-wracking action against Great Britain lifted them in the nail-biting opener of five-match international hockey series on Friday. The match between both the powerful teams India and Great Britain was a perfect entertainer for all the hockey fans across the world. Indian player Gurjit Kaur’s worth-watching goal in the dying minutes turned the tables for India and the hosts lost by 2-1 margin in front of their home crowd.
At the beginning of the game both the teams went hard on each other as none of them was ready to lose any point first. In the opening quarter, the defensive unit of both the sides performed very well, as a result, the first quarter went goalless.
In the second quarter of the game, Indians raced to earn some penalty corners but the brilliant saves of Maddie Hinch prevented them to open an account first. Later Britain’s squad also tried to manage some goals against India but that time, brilliant goalie Savita pulled off a smart save to deny opponents’ opener. As a result, second-quarter also ended with 0-0 score.
Both India and Britain were running out of time in the game and they had only two quarters left to mark an opener. Finally, in the 46th minute, Emily Defrond came forward to break the deadlock and gave a lead to Great Britain. Though Indian women didn’t lose their confidence after Britain’s opening goal as Sharmila Devi move strongly and fire a superb goal to level the scores.
In the final quarter, the situation got more tough as both the teams were looking forward to breaking the tie. With only 48 seconds left on the clock, Gurjit Kaur slotted the ball and finished off the match with 2-1 win. Earlier the match which was looking quite difficult to win clinched by the visitors in the end.
Both the teams will next take on each other in the second encounter of five-match series at Marlow, England on Sunday. Only time will tell whether Indians will be able to dominate the next encounter also or the hosts will bounce back strongly.