Commonwealth Games 2022 women’s hockey: India go down 3-1 to hosts England

The Indian women’s hockey team is third in Pool A and will play Canada in their final group match on Wednesday.

By Rahul Venkat
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The Indian women’s hockey team went down 3-1 to hosts England in Pool A at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, UK on Tuesday.

Giselle Ansley gave England the lead as early as the third minute. Tess Howard and Hannah Martin then scored in the third and fourth quarters, respectively. Vandana Katariya pulled one back for India in the last minute but it was too late for a comeback at the University of Birmingham Hockey & Squash Centre.

India are now third in Pool A and will have to beat Canada in their final Pool A game on Wednesday at CWG 2022 to confirm their spot in the semis.

Hosts England began in fine fashion, attacking from the get-go and earned two penalty corners within two minutes, unable to convert either.

However, on the third attempt, Giselle Ansley hit a powerful shot, which found its way past Savita Punia in the Indian goal.

Both teams did not create too many chances in the first quarter thereafter and towards the end of the quarter, both England and India got a penalty corner each but neither took advantage to convert.

India came out with much more attacking intent in the second quarter as Monika, Sangita Kumari, Deep Grace Ekka and Gurjit Kaur all went close through shots or penalty corners but English goalkeeper Madeline Hinch was on hand to save their shots.

England then took a two-goal lead halfway into the third quarter through Tess Howard. India’s Udita lost the ball in midfield and Sophie Hamilton fired a shot away, which was deflected in by Howard.

India responded well, getting two penalty corners in the next few minutes but Gurjit Kaur’s drive was saved as was a shot by Monika. Vandana Katariya also had an attempt at the English goal but to no avail.

India came alive again in the final quarter as they chased the game but a flurry of shots either went wide or were saved by the English keeper.

Against the run of play, England got a penalty corner and Hannah Martin was on hand to deflect the drag-flick to score England’s third.

Striker Vandana Katariya scored India’s only goal in the final minute of the game but the result was certain by then.

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