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Turf-tale: India split points with Scotland

india Updated: Oct 05, 2010 01:03 IST
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Even before the Scottish girls could take the turf, Indians were firing on the goal at the far end. But when it came to real action, they were far off the post here on Monday.

They could sound the board only in the second half, when they were trailing by an early goal. A crucial miss in the dying minutes let the opportunity slip out of India’s hands and they had to split points with a 1-1 verdict in their opening match of pool A. Holly Cram struck for Scotland, while India restored parity through Jasjeet Kaur Handa.

Had they not restricted themselves to individual dribbling, slow passing and poor coordination in the first half, the outcome of the 70-minute duel could have been different.

Despite hot and humid conditions, the Scots dominated the proceedings in the first half and unmarked Holly Cram put the side ahead in the third minute after defender Vikki Bunce beat the Indian defence.

India almost lost control, Ram Rampal missed an open goal, while captain Surinder Kaur thrice shot wide.

Jasjeet brought the equaliser in the 45th minute, when her reverse hit zoomed past Scottish custodian Abigail Walker after an Asunta Lakra set-up.

Earlier, New Zealand picked up three points with a 5-1 victory against Wales in their opening pool B match. Katie Glynn (18th), Gemma Flynn (38th), Anna Thorpe (52nd, 60th) and Claissa Eshuis (69th) scored for the Kiwis, while Wales scored through Abigail Welsford (33rd).

South Africa were almost unstoppable for young Trinidad and Tobago, pounding them by 12-0 in a Pool match. Coetzee Pietie marked her return from retirement, netting four goals. Other goal-scorers for South Africa, who led 3-0 at the break, were Lesle Anne George, Jennifer Wilson, Dirkie Chamberlain, Kathleen Taylor and Farah Fredericks.

Spirited Malaysia scored a thrilling 3-2 win against Canada in the last match, after leading by 3-0. Norbaini Hashim (two) and Norfaraha Hashim (49th) netted for the winners, while Diana Roemer and Anna Kozniuk struck for Canada.