Its defensive prowess on show within the 1-1 draw towards Olympic bronze medallist England, India would look to plug holes within the attacking division and register its first win of the ladies’s hockey World Cup of their second recreation towards China right here on Tuesday.
The Indians produced a superlative defensive efficiency, spearheaded by skipper and goalkeeper Savita Punia, within the drawn recreation towards England within the opening Pool B match on Sunday.
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The likes of vice-captain Deep Grace Ekka, Nikki Pradhan, Gurjit Kaur and Udita dished out a wonderful efficiency, denying England a single penalty nook in all the 60 minutes.
Their solely blemish was the ninth minute purpose they conceded when Isabella Petter neatly deflected in a go from outdoors the ‘D’.
Barring that, it was a close to good effort from the Indian backline towards England, who fielded nearly the identical set of gamers from the Nice Britain aspect that featured in Tokyo Olympics.
Savita, as ordinary, was sensible on the purpose, making a few wonderful saves together with her fast reflexes.
Nonetheless, India have been discovered wanting within the penalty nook conversion as they may rating simply as soon as from the seven PCs they bought, with Vandana Katariya getting the equaliser from a rebound within the twenty eighth minute.
India additionally created plenty of probabilities towards England however the forwardline didn’t utilise most of them, barring the equaliser.
Within the 56th minute, Sharmila Devi wasted a golden alternative as he didn’t get her stick on to a wonderful go from a team-mate.
The Indians would look to handle their attacking woes and beat world quantity 13 China, who held New Zealand to a 2-2 draw within the different Pool B match on Sunday. Chief coach Janneke Schopman can be eyeing a extra scientific efficiency from the forwardline, consisting of the likes of Vandana, Lalremsiami and Shamila.
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Going by type and rankings, world quantity eight India will certainly begin as favourites towards China however complacency is one thing the Savita-led aspect would look to keep away from.
It was India who got here out on prime within the final two conferences between the 2 sides.
India had thrashed China 7-1 of their first outing within the FIH Professional League tie earlier than profitable the second match of the double-header 2-1 in Muscat, Oman.
Within the different Pool B match on Tuesday, England will face New Zealand.