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Indian women begin with a win

India began its campaign in women’s hockey on a winning note, defeating Canada 4-2, but not before surviving several anxious moments due to the lack of combination within the side, particularly in defence and midfield.

India dictated proceedings early on, but was unable to capitalise until midway through the first-half. Several chances went abegging as the Indians failed to convert, even against little opposition from the rival defence.

The wait was finally over in the 22nd minute when Rani Rampal gave India the lead.

But Brienne Stairs restored parity within three minutes, finding space to steer the ball home.

India gained the lead once again in the 29th-minute as Poonam Rani stretched herself into position to score off a penalty corner.

The Indians seemed better focused in the second session as Jaspreet Kaur made it 3-1, again off a penalty corner.

Chinks

However, the chinks in the Indian defence were exposed again by the Canadians as they pulled one back through Kristine Wishart.

The reverse had its desired effect on the Indians who pushed hard thereafter, Jaspreet Kaur finding the net again.  India will face New Zealand (July 27), Trinidad and Tobago (July 28) and South Africa (July 30) in its remaining Pool A matches.


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