It was a heartbreak for the Indian women’s hockey team as they lost 0-3 in a shoot-out to four-time champions Australia in the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth semi-finals after the two teams were tied 1-1 at the end of regulation time. game on Friday.
Australia took the lead in the 10th minute through Rebecca Greiner and Vandana Kataria equalized for India in the 49th minute.
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India started aggressively and had their first chance in the eighth minute but Australia avoided a close shave.
Australia took the lead in the 10th minute when Greiner deflected Ambrosia Malone’s cross after a defensive error from India.
Australia got their first penalty corner in the next minute but Monica made a goal line save.
Two minutes later, India got another penalty corner but wasted the opportunity.
Australia started strongly in the second quarter and put pressure on the Indian defense from the start but the Savita Punia-led side kept their composure.
Earning their third penalty corner in the 21st minute, the Indians were not to be outdone, but Gurjit Kaur’s flick was saved by Australian goalkeeper Alesha Power.
Three minutes later, Sangita Kumari’s reverse shot from the top of the circle was again denied by Power.
India earned another penalty corner in the 24th minute but the Australians took a 1-0 half-time lead.
The quarter was also fought tooth and nail by the two sides and in the 44th minute Australia conceded five consecutive penalty corners but India captain and goalkeeper Savita and her defense put up a brave display to deny their opponents any further lead.
One minute into the final quarter, Savita once again defended India to block Stephanie Kershaw’s attempt.
The Indians did not lose heart and in the 49th minute, Vandana Kataria deftly broke through Sushila Chanu’s defense to equalize with a free hit from outside the circle, climbing over the Australian defence.
India earned another penalty corner in the 51st minute but again Power made a good reflex save to deny Gurjit.
Australia earned two more penalty corners a minute from Hooter but Savita made a double save at the first attempt to take the match to a shootout.
But the shootout proved to be an anticlimax for India as Lalremsiami, Neha Goyal and Navneet Kaur missed their first three tries, while Australia squandered all chances to set up a show-down against hosts England in the final. .
The Indians, however, should consider themselves unlucky as Malone’s first attempt for Australia was initially missed but the umpires gave her a second chance as the clock did not start on time. Caitlin Nobbs and Amy Lawton scored for the Hockeyroos in the shoot-out.
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