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Indian women's hockey team beats Great Britain

The Indian Women's Hockey Team recorded a brilliant 2-1 come-from-behind victory over the hosts Great Britain to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

Indian womens hockey team beats Great Britain
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Published: 28 Sep 2019 4:22 AM GMT

The Indian Women's Hockey Team recorded a brilliant 2-1 come-from-behind victory over the hosts Great Britain to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. 

In a highly attritional first quarter, neither team managed to break the deadlock. Despite attacking efforts from both sides it was the two defences that stood out, holding the fort to ensure the scoreboard was untouched at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, India took control of the game and won a couple of Penalty Corners in the opening minutes forcing smart saves from Maddie Hinch. Soon enough it was Great Britain's turn but in India's goal Savita pulled off a smart save to deny their opponents an opener. The two teams went into half-time locked in a goalless stalemate.

 In a highly attritional first quarter, neither team managed to break the deadlock.
In a highly attritional first quarter, neither team managed to break the deadlock.

India controlled the action in the third quarter but despite multiple circle penetrations, Great Britain’s defence held strong to deny an opener. 

Great Britain broke through first in the final quarter, with Emily Defrond scoring in the 46th minute to give them the lead. Despite going down India kept up the pressure and soon reaped the dividends, Sharmila Devi carrying out a superb goal to level the scores.

 Despite going down India kept up the pressure and soon reaped the dividends
Despite going down India kept up the pressure and soon reaped the dividends

With 48 seconds of the game to play, India won a Penalty Corner and this time Gurjit slotted the ball home to give India a much-deserved win.

The second match of the series will be played on Sunday, September 29 at 2000 hrs IST.

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