Indian ladies’s hockey group beats China to win Asia Cup after 13 years, qualify for World Cup
By IANS|Released: 05th November 2017
KAKAMIGHARA: India produced history as they edged previous China 5-4 through shootouts to win the ladies’s Asia Cup hockey title here on Sunday.
With this, India likewise received next year’s World Cup as Continental Champions.
It was skipper Rani who scored the winning objective for India while Savita made an excellent conserve in abrupt death to guarantee India the 5-4 rating in the charge shootout.
Previously, it was Navjot Kaur who scored India’s only objective in the 25th minute. When the Indian Women’s Team raised the Asia Cup after beating Japan 1-0 in the last, it was in 2004.
It was benefit China right at the start as a stick check in the circle saw India yield a charge corner in just the 2nd minute of the video game.
The Indian forwards kept the pressure on China as they made brave ventures into the striking circle. (Asian Hockey Federation).
Savita was at her normal finest to pad it away while an alert Deep Grace cleared the ball.
Right after, the Indian forwards released a quick attack with Navneet Kaur and Vandana operating in tandem to discover area in the Chinese defence however a mindful Wang Na avoided the threat.
China, on the other hand, won their 2nd charge corner however Savita was area on yet once again to pad away Meiyu Liang’s flick.
With the very first quarter ending in a stalemate, India returned looking identified to discover an advancement.
The Indian forwards kept the pressure on China as they made brave ventures into the striking circle.
Navjot Kaur came close to transforming a basket in the 17th minute however her diving effort was obstructed even as skipper Rani made a fast effort to discover a deflection.
India started the 3rd quarter rather favorably as they continued with an aggressive attack. (Asian Hockey Federation).
It was not till the 25th minute when India discovered its very first advancement when Navneet Kaur and Rani played give-and-take prior to permeating the circle just to help Navjot who took a clear shot on objective.
It was a much-needed 1-0 lead for India. China released a counter attack quickly after, the Indian protectors were up to the job in rejecting them success.
India started the 3rd quarter rather favorably as they continued with an aggressive attack.
They controlled the ball belongings with precise death, turning the ball and screening China’s persistence. Neha Goyal and Lilima Minz showcased excellent dribbling abilities to guide past the Chinese protectors however a 2nd objective was not to come by even as the clock ticked away to the 3rd hooter.
On China’s part, they remained disciplined in their defence to reject India an opportunity to score through a charge corner.
The last quarter was tense as China won a charge corner through an effective video recommendation in the 47th minute.
Tiantian Luo kept low as she improvised from the injection to discover the ideal corner of the post, scoring a marvelous equaliser for China.
China won their 4th charge corner of the match with a little less than 3 minutes to opt for the last whistle. (Asian Hockey Federation).
The following minutes saw both groups play at par with each other not enabling either of them to remain in control.
With 9 minutes left for the last hooter, India upped their attack frantically trying to discover a space in the 15-yard mark however the Chinese protectors were undaunted in not permitting any space for mistake.
China won their 4th charge corner of the match with a little less than 3 minutes to go for the last whistle.
It was remarkably conserved by rush Sunita Lakra and practically instantly, India released a counter attack however just to send out the ball large off the target and finish the full-time in a stalemate resulting in a shootout.
In the charge shootout Rani scored two times while Monica, Lilima Minz and Navjot scored an objective each to guarantee India recovered the Asia Cup title after 13 years.
Savita was adjudged Goalkeeper of the Tournament while Monica won the Woman of the Match award.