Women's Hockey World Cup 2022: India eyes win against New Zealand to stay in hunt for direct quarterfinal spot

Published:Mar 9, 202414:59
Women's Hockey World Cup 2022: India eyes win against New Zealand to stay in hunt for direct quarterfinal spot

A lacklustre Indian ladies's hockey workforce have to tick all bins towards New Zealand in its last Pool B match to seal a direct quarterfinal place within the Ladies's Hockey World Cup on Thursday.

The Indians, who achieved a historic fourth place end in final yr's Olympics, drew 1-1 towards Tokyo bronze medallist England and China of their first two pool matches.

The Savita-led facet is presently positioned third in Pool B with two factors beneath China and leaders New Zealand, who defeated England 3-1 on Tuesday.

"New Zealand can be a tricky workforce to play. They're very harmful of their counter-attack and we must be prepared for that, on the ball now we have to play to our strengths," chief coach Janneke Schopman stated.

In keeping with the event format, the 16 groups are divided in 4 swimming pools of 4 groups every.The highest 4 sides from every pool will straight qualify for the quarterfinals, whereas the second and third positioned groups will characteristic within the crossovers.

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The winner of the cross over matches will seize the remaining 4 quarterfinal spots. So, India would search for an outright win towards New Zealand and hope for a Chinese language draw or a loss towards England to high Pool B.

However going by the way in which they performed within the first two matches, it could be simpler stated than performed.

Whereas the Indian defence has impressed in each the matches, denying England a single penalty nook within the first recreation, it's the efficiency of the ahead line and midfield which was discovered wanting.

Barring Vandana Katariya, who scored India's two targets, no different striker might stay upto expectations to date with the likes of Lalremsiami, Sharmila Devi and Navneet Kaur slicing a sorry determine.

It isn't that the Indians did not create possibilities, however they did not seize these alternatives.

The midfield too wants to lift their recreation because it regarded rusty towards China.

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Penalty nook conversion can be an space of concern for Schopman as India made use of simply two out of the 12 earned in two video games, and that too each the targets coming by way of not directly from the sticks of Vandana.

Whereas towards England, Vandana scored from a rebound, towards China she obtained a gorgeous deflection to Gurjit's flick to attract India degree.

"I assumed we began nicely towards a good Chinese language protection. We have been unfortunate to not rating early on and one second of not paying consideration defensively resulted in us conceding a purpose," Schopman stated.

"After that we struggled for a bit however after we discovered the house, we have been in a position to play some good mixtures." "The PC purpose was nice however felt like we forgot to push by way of after that with China being extra aggressive in the long run part.

"We're the place we're however clearly, we might have preferred to have extra factors. Our pool is extremely powerful and small issues will make the distinction," she added.

Gurjit Kaur too wants to shine her abilities and lift her conversion price if India must progress far within the event.

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"We anticipated China to place up a powerful battle, having performed them a few occasions in the previous couple of months. However I'm glad that our workforce fought until the tip, and managed to get a purpose again to attract the match towards a powerful defensive unit.

"We have to convert extra possibilities, however we're glad to get one other vital level from the match," vice-captain Deep Grace Ekka stated.

By way of rankings, there may be hardly something to separate the 2 sides as New Zealand are positioned eighth whereas India are a rung beneath.

"New Zealand have been in good kind on this event to date. We can be watching movies to review the opposition and we hope to be ready going into the competition.

"It is going to be a tricky recreation, however we hope we are able to get a win in our nook to climb up within the pool desk," Ekka added.

The Black Sticks ladies, nonetheless, can be brimming with confidence after the win over England.

Each the edges would have a good concept concerning the equations they want as China and England play earlier on Thursday.

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