2018 Commonwealth Games: Indian women’s hockey team loses to Australia in semis
Indian women’s hockey team lost 0-1 to defending champions Australia in a semi-final of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast on Thursday. They will face England in the bronze medal encounter.other sports Updated: Apr 12, 2018 21:48 IST
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On Thursday, the Indian women’s hockey team played a great match, dominated the fourth quarter and got into scoring position a number of times, but could not capitalise on the opportunities. Australia emerged winners thanks to a solitary goal in the semi-final and will meet New Zealand for the title. New Zealand overcame England 2-1 in shoot-out after both teams failed to score in regulation time. (CWG LIVE UPDATES)
India will now take on England — the team they defeated in the league stage — in the bronze medal match.
“We played really well today. To take on Australia on their home ground and dominate them in the fourth quarter shows how good these girls are. But it was equally frustrating to see them unable to capitalise on the chances they got,” coach Harendra Singh said, adding, “We should have won the match. We were unlucky.”
India started well and had a chance in the second minute itself when skipper Rani tested goalkeeper Rachael Lynch. Australia took control thereafter and created a number of chances but the Indian defence stood strong. India were reduced to 10 players on two occasions when Sunita Lakra was green carded and then Navneet Kaur was shown the yellow card in the second quarter. But they maintained their composure and held the world’s fifth-best ranked team goalless till half-time.
Australia scored the all-important goal in the 36th minute when they effected a turnover and the ball came to Grace Stewart who shot it past goalkeeper Savita. “It was the only mistake we made and they capitalised on it.”
India went in search for the equaliser towards the end of the third quarter and virtually camped in the Australian half. They dominated the fourth quarter too and created a number of chances but failed to get past the Australian defence. They earned three penalty corners as well.
The Indians can take heart from the fact that they will improve upon their fifth-place finish in the last two editions after winning the title in 2002 Manchester and silver in Melbourne four years later.