Keeping their winning momentum alive Indian Women’s hockey team outlasted Poland squad in the second match of FIH Women’s Series Finals 2019 on Sunday at Hiroshima. The brilliant Indian women players thrashed the powerful opponents with a great margin of 5-0 in the ongoing tournament.
Right from the beginning of the game, Indians seemed to be looking in an attacking form as the young player Jyoti opened an account for his side at 21st minute of the game. This was later followed by another strike through star forward Vandana Kataria who doubled the lead for India at 26th minute. Just after two minutes, Indian women claimed their third goal against Poland with the help of brilliant dragflicker Gurjit Kaur who netted the goal at 28th minute. It was then no looking back for India and Gurjit knocked her second goal in the game at 35th minute which gave the 4-0 lead to Indians over Polish players. The last and the match-winning goal for India was bagged by another front-liner Navneet Kaur who fired the shot at 56th minute.
World No. 5 India started vigorously in the game against 21st ranked team Poland. Though in the first quarter Indian women failed to find any possession against Polish players but from the beginning of second quarter, India came back in its form. India’s high-pressing strategy in the game put Poland’s defenders in immense pressure. After the first goal by Jyoti, Indian women then didn’t put their feet off the paddle and lined the series of attacks against Poland.
The last quarter of the game was a head-on-head tussle where both teams were trying to hold the reigns but again Indian women gave a back seat to Poland squad and drove the winning ways with spectacular stick work of front liners Navneet Kaur and Gurjit Kaur.
India will next battle with Pool A mates Fiji on June 18th in their third match of FIH Women’s Series Finals 2019. Earlier in the ongoing tournament, the Indian squad opened their account against Uruguay where the Rani Rampal-led squad defeated Uruguayans with an impressive margin of 4-1 on June 15th.