SPORT

Emphatic win for India

Kazakhstan skipper Imangaliyeva Gulnara (extreme left) watches India's Kerketta Adline (centre) who scored the second goal celebrating with teammates Chanu Sanggai and Surinder Kaur (26) in the Afro-Asian Games hockey in Hyderabad on Sunday. — Photo: Vino John

Kazakhstan skipper Imangaliyeva Gulnara (extreme left) watches India's Kerketta Adline (centre) who scored the second goal celebrating with teammates Chanu Sanggai and Surinder Kaur (26) in the Afro-Asian Games hockey in Hyderabad on Sunday. — Photo: Vino John  

HYDERABAD OCT. 26. India took the most emphatic route to the semifinal by drubbing a disjointed Kazhakstan 9-0 in the last women's league match in the Afro-Asian Games hockey competition at the Gachibowli Hockey Complex here tonight.

Putting behind the drubbing they received at the hands of South Africans in the second match the day before, India stole the show under lights as the forwardline of Adline Kerketta, Chanu Sanggai and Jasjeet Kaur repeatedly tested the rival defence with some pleasing forays, more frequently in the second session.

The host led by a comfortable 3-0 margin at the break through Chanu Sanggai (4th minute), Adline Kerketta (11th) and Jyoti Kulu (20th). And quite significantly, they didn't let any room to manoeuvre for the Kazakhs. A display which drew repeated cheers from the capacity crowd as the venue is fast getting the look of a picnic spot in the Swarnandhra Sports Complex.

If the Kazakhs thought that they would have a better outing in the second stanza, they were mistaken. For the combination of Adline Kerketta and Jyoti Kulu set up the fourth goal soon after resumption.

After a one-to-one effort which saw them release the ball quickly to Chanu Sanggai, the latter slipped into the striking circle with remarkable ease to slam the ball from the right of the `D'. Soon, Jyoti Kulu struck in the 44th minute of a penalty-corner conversion to make it 5-0.

That India forced five penalty-corners in the second half and the action centred around the Kazakhstan defence was a fair hint of its domination.

Soon, Kerketta after a solo effort followed it up with a hard-hit of a rebound when the goalkeeper failed to clear the close-range shot from Jasjit Kaur to safety in the 26th minute to give India a thumping 7-0 lead.

The last two goals by Surinder Kaur whose hit with her back to the goal from the left of the goalmouth was a real good effort in the 28th minute. The final blow was dealt by Subadhra Pradhan. Though Kazakhstan earned two penalty-corners it was apparent they were outplayed in all departments tonight.

The semifinal line-up for Tuesday is as follows: China vs South Africa; India vs Korea.

The results:

India bt Kazakhstan 9-0; South Africa bt Ghana 6-0. Kenya bt Nigeria 2-1; China drew with Korea 1-1.

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