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Hockey: Indian men's team disappoints, women play out dramatic draw
The Indian Men’s Hockey team suffered a defeat at the hands of World No. 8 New Zealand by a scoreline of 2-1 in their second match of the tournament held at the Oi Hockey Stadium on Sunday.
Despite maintaining an unassailable lead in the early quarters of the game, the Indian men's hockey team found themselves down one goal in the last quarter as the Harmanpreet Singh-spearheaded side lost to New Zealand 1-2. The New Zealand side, on the other hand, with already one point in their pocket, edged past a helpless Indian side as a moment of magic turned the last quarter in favour of the Kiwis. https://twitter.com/TheHockeyIndia/status/1163053295713153024 The women's team, however, continued with their impressive campaign in the second round-robin match of the Olympic Test Event held at the Oi Hockey Stadium, as the rampaging Rani Rampal side held the World No. 2 Australian team to a resilient 2-2 draw. India started the match well with an aggressive intent as Vandana Katariya and Gurjit Kaur gave India the much-needed edge to cancel out strikes from Australia's Kaitlin Nobbs and Grace Stewart. https://twitter.com/TheHockeyIndia/status/1162912664160329728 India started the match well with aggressive intent, as both sides earned early penalty corners with neither, however, managing to score. It was in the 14th minute that Australia found themselves on the front foot, and ended up winning a penalty corner. Australia’s Kaitlin Nobbs struck beautifully and converted from the spot to give her side a 1-0 advantage. The Indian Women’s Hockey team held the World No. 2 Australian team to a 2-2 draw today in their second round-robin match of the Olympic Test Event held here at the Oi Hockey Stadium. India looked to forge a powerful counter-attack with its defense hitting back the resilient Australian side. In the 36th minute, Vandana smashed the ball into the back of the net to score an equaliser. But the joy was short-lived, as Grace Stewart registered her name on the scoresheets and gave her side a 2-1 lead. India showcased a brilliant display of grit and determination as they won themselves a crucial penalty corner in the 59th minute with only a couple of minutes remaining on the clock. The resulting drag-flick from Gurjit Kaur earned India a well-deserved draw.