New Delhi, 4 November 2013: The Indian Women’s Hockey team won their second consecutive match in the 3rd Women’s Asian Champions Trophy to book their berth in the final against Japan. India defeated Malaysia 5-1 and while Japan defeated China 4-1 in their second match played at Kakamigahara, Japan today.
In the match between India (12th in FIH World Ranking) and Malaysia (22nd), it was Malaysian team who scored first and took lead in the 15th minute through skipper Nadia Abdul Rahman on a penalty corner. Indian ladies bounced back to level the score in 24th minute as Poonam Rani converted a penalty corner. Both the teams were locked at 1-1 at half time.
India, who defeated higher ranked China in their opening game, dominated the game against Malaysia after the change of ends. The Indian side played attacking hockey and put four past Malaysia in second half. India’s four more players registered themselves on scoresheet, as they took the game away from Malaysia. Namita Toppo (44th minute), Ritu Rani (52nd minute), Amandeep Kaur (54th minute) and Deep Grace Ekka (65th minute) scored for the winners.
India will now take on Japan on 7 November 2013 in a dress rehearsal for final before facing the hosts again in the summit clash on 9th November (Full schedule here).
Photo Courtesy: www.mncaphoto.com Matías Noé Correa Arce