Mumtaz Khan scored a hat-trick because the Indian ladies’s hockey workforce thrashed a lowly Malaysia 4-0 to finish its pool engagements with an unbeaten document within the FIH Junior World Cup right here on Tuesday.
Already assured of a quarterfinal berth earlier than Tuesday’s tie, India scored 4 subject objectives — three by Mumtaz (tenth, twenty sixth, 59th minutes) and one by Sangita Kumari (eleventh).
India, thus, completed on prime of Pool D with most 9 factors from three wins out of as many matches.
The Indian had earlier defeated Wales 5-1 earlier than getting the higher of formidable Germany 2-1 of their first two pool video games.
Their confidence on a special stage after guaranteeing a knock-out berth, the Indians utterly dominated the proceedings and created a flurry of possibilities from the phrase go.
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Their efforts bore fruit within the tenth minute when an opportunist Mumtaz scored from shut vary after the ball fell earlier than her sticks after ricocheting from a Malaysian defender.
India doubled its lead a minute later when Sangita coolly deflected residence from a Lalrindiki cross.
India continued to press onerous and secured two penalty corners in fast succession however each the efforts went in useless.
Within the twenty sixth minute, Mumtaz strcuk once more at hand India 3-0 lead at half time.
Lalrindiki had a superb outing as she not solely created scoring possibilities for India but additionally threatened the Malaysian objective on quite a lot of events.
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The Indians secured a couple of extra penalty corners within the third quarter however they lacked in remaining execution.
With 10 minutes to go, Malaysia secured two penalty corners however India’s second goalkeeper Khusboo got here up with wonderful saves to disclaim any inroads to their opponents.
India earned its seventh penalty nook quickly however this time Malaysian goalkeeper AB Mashitah made a nice save along with her stick.
India prolonged its lead a minute from the ultimate hooter by means of Mumtaz, who deflected residence a Magnificence Dung Dung’s go.
India will now face South Korea within the quarterfinals on Friday.