Women’s Hockey World Cricket Team: Indian team loses 3-4 against New Zealand; Stay in the semifinals

The team led by Savita Punia will face the second-ranked team in Pool C in a crossover match on July 10 to advance to the last eight. Vandana Kataria (4), Lalremsiami (44) and Gurjeet Kaur (59) scored for India.

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The Indian team started the game aggressively and put pressure on the opponents in the opening minutes of the match. In the fourth minute, Lalremsiami delivered a brilliant delivery from the edge of the circle and Vandana Kataria bowled the ball to give India a 1-0 lead.

New Zealand scored in the 10th minute but could not find the back of the net. The Kiwis came back with a penalty corner and Olivia Marie didn’t miss a chance to score in the 12th minute.

The Indians earned a moment in the opening minutes of the second quarter and won a penalty corner in the 18th minute, however, Deep Grace Ekka found no way to break the tie at 1-1.

The Indian women’s hockey team remained mostly aggressive in the second quarter, but New Zealand’s defense remained strong and kept the rivals away. However, New Zealand scored in the 29th minute through Tessa Joppe to give the Kiwis a 2-1 lead.

New Zealand picked up the pace and earned a back-to-back penalty corner in the opening minutes of the third quarter. Francis Davis scored in the second minute of the 32nd minute to give the Kiwis a 3-1 lead. The Indians got a penalty corner in the 43rd minute but missed the opportunity.

Gurjeet Kaur

The Indian women’s hockey team continued to put pressure on the opponents and won a penalty corner in the 47th minute, but the Kiwis once again kept India away. However, Sushila Chanu gave a brilliant pass to Lalremsiami in the 44th minute, who converted the ball into a goal to give India the lead in the match.

In the opening minutes of the semi-final, the Indian team got a penalty corner but Ekka turned the ball to the left post. India hit a penalty corner in the 47th minute, but the Kiwis were strong again. Sushila hit a brilliant cross on the right side but Monica could not get the ball into the goal.

However, in the 54th minute, Olivia Marie converted a penalty corner to give New Zealand a 4-2 lead. But the Indians continued to fight hard and Gurjit Kaur converted a penalty corner in the 59th minute. India won several penalty corners in the last minute of the match, but the Kiwis made sure to go off the field as the winners of the game.

Next match: India will face either Spain or Korea (second in Pool C) on Sunday (July 10) at 21:30 IST. The match will be broadcast live on Star Sports First, Star Sports 3 and on Disney Plus Hotstar.

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