Heartbroken for India in CWG women’s hockey, losing to Australia in semi-final shoot-out

Australia got off to a strong start in the second quarter and put pressure on the Indian defense from the start

Australia got off to a strong start in the second quarter and put pressure on the Indian defense from the start

It was a heartbreak for the Indian women’s hockey team as both the teams lost 0-3 to four-time champions Australia in a shoot-out after a 1-1 draw at the end of regulation time in the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games. Was. Friday.

Australia took the lead in the 10th minute through Rebecca Greiner before Vandana Katariya equalized for India in the 49th minute.

The Indians, who are yet to lose a single goal in the tournament, put up a massive defense to keep their slate clean.

India started off aggressively and got their first chance in the eighth minute but Australia were saved by a close shave.

Australia took the lead in the 10th minute, after India’s defensive error caused Greiner to deflect in Ambrosia Malone’s cross.

Australia got their first penalty corner in the next minute but Monica saved the goal.

Two minutes later, India earned their second penalty corner but missed the opportunity.

Australia got off to a strong start in the second quarter and put pressure on the Indian defense from the start but the Savita Punia-led side kept their structure intact.

The Indians were not to be left behind as they secured their third penalty corner in the 21st minute but Gurjit Kaur’s flick was saved by Australian goalkeeper Alisha Power.

Three minutes later, Sangeeta Kumari’s reverse shot from over the circle was again rejected by Power.

In the 24th minute, India secured another penalty corner, but the Aussies defended the numbers to take a 1-0 lead at half-time.

The quarter also produced a tooth-and-nail fight between the two sides and Australia scored five consecutive penalty corners in the 44th minute, but India’s captain and goalkeeper Savita and her defense tried to deny their rivals a further lead. Had a great performance.

A minute into the final quarter, Savita once again came to India’s rescue to block Stephanie Kershaw’s attempt.

The Indians did not lose heart and continued their mounting raid on the Australian defence, which withered for the first time in the contest in the 49th minute when Vandana Katariya defended the goal neatly to score a goal in Sushila Chanu’s defense splitting free hit.

India secured another penalty corner in the 51st minute but then Power saved a fine reflex to deny Gurjeet.

Australia secured two more penalty corners in a minute from a hooter, but Savita defended a double in the first attempt as the Indians defended with their skin to take the match into a shoot-out.

But it turned out to be an opposing climax for India in the shoot-out as Lalremsiami, Neha Goel and Navneet Kaur missed their first three attempts, while Australia converted all their chances to set up a show-down against hosts England in the final. . ,

However, the Indians must find 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 Lawton were the other scorers for Hockeyroo in the shoot-out.

In the second semi-final, England beat New Zealand 2–0 in a shoot-out when both teams failed to break the deadlock in the regulation 60 minutes.

India will now take on New Zealand in the bronze medal match on Sunday.