Savita Punia-led Indian women’s Hockey team misplaced to New Zealand 3-Four of their ultimate Pool B match on Thursday and but managed to qualify for the crossovers of the FIH Ladies’s World Cup 2022. India is the third-best group from group B and thus certified for the following spherical. New Zealand topped the pool with seven factors forward of England (4), whereas India and China completed on two factors apiece however progressed on account of a greater aim distinction.
A incredible battle on the sphere #TeamIndia gave it their all till the very finish, however the end result was not what we desired.
— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) July 7, 2022
In line with the match format, the highest 4 sides from 4 swimming pools will instantly qualify for the quarterfinals, whereas the second and third-placed groups will characteristic within the crossovers. The winner of the crossover matches will seize the remaining 4 quarterfinal spots. It ought to have been recreation, set and match for India within the regulation 60 minutes if not for an uncountable missed probability, together with as many as 15 penalty corners, out of which they transformed only one.
India will now play the second-placed group in Pool C for a spot within the quarterfinals in Terrassa, Spain on Sunday. Vandana Katariya (4th minute), Lalremsiami (44th) and Gurjit Kaur (59th) have been the aim scorers for India on Thursday, whereas New Zealand objectives have been scored by Olivia Merry (12th, 54th), Tessa Jopp (29th) and Frances Davies (32nd).
The Indians began brightly, having fun with early possession and their efforts bore fruit when a diving Vandana deflected in Lalremsiami’s push after a fast flip from contained in the D within the fourth minute. Within the 10th minute, Shamila Devi had an excellent alternative handy India the lead from a one-one-situation with New Zealand goalkeeper Brooke Roberts, solely to falter however within the course of safe India’s first penalty nook.
Gurjit’s highly effective flick from the resultant set-piece was saved by Roberts. New Zealand secured their first penalty nook within the 12th minute and Olivia Merry discovered the online with a routine shot by way of the legs of India’s skipper and custodian Savita to stage the scores. Three minutes into the second quarter, Lalremsiami was denied by an onrushing NZ goalie Roberts from a one-one-situation, leading to one other penalty nook however Deep Grace Ekka’s shot vast.
India have been punished by New Zealand for the lapse in focus a minute earlier than half-time when an opportunist Jopp scored from a goal-mouth melee. New Zealand got here out attacking after the change of ends and secured back-to-back set items, the second of which was transformed by Davies. It was all India thereafter as they secured penalty corners in numbers however did not utilise the probabilities.
Lalremsiami pulled a aim again for India within the 44th minute neatly deflecting in Sushila Chanu’s cross. India went on the offensive within the ultimate quarter and secured a barrage of PCs, solely to waste them once more. New Zealand received their two-goal lead again when Merry scored from one other set-piece. However Gurjit lastly scored from a set-piece when she transformed India’s 13th penalty nook within the 59th minute. Within the ultimate minute of the match, India secured two extra PCs however squandered each.