The Indian women’s hockey team continued their glorious form and, with the best performance in all departments, entered the final by defeating defending champions Japan 4-2 in the semi-finals of Asia Cup Hockey here on Friday. In the seventh and ninth minute, Gurjit Kaur, Navjot Kaur scored 9th and Lalremasiyami in the 38th minute to make it a place in Sunday’s final, where they will face China.
India had previously beaten China 4-1 in the league stage of the tournament. Against Japan, India has consistently made pressure on the host country by getting a penalty corner. Dragfighter Gurjeet Kaur stunned Japan’s goalkeeper Akio Tanaka in the seventh minute to give the team 1-0 ahead. Two minutes later, Navjot Kaur doubled India’s lead by making spectacular field goals with the help of forward Vandana Kataria. Soon after, India achieved a penalty corner, and Gurjeet again made the right target and forwarded India 3-0. India got another penalty corner in the first quarter, but Tanaka has done a good job this time.
The first 15 minutes were good for India, while the last champion made a good comeback in the second quarter. Japan made straightforward attack in the Indian defense, and Shiho Suzie, after beating Indian goalkeeper Savita, scored in the 17th minute. In the next minute, Japan’s players took the Indian Defense Examination and Yee Ishibashi scored the field goal in the 28th minute to score 2-3.
After this, the Indian players needed to play with caution and after a 10-minute break in half time they did the same. Savita did a great defense and did not allow Japan to score a penalty corner at the start of the third quarter. Lalremasyami made the best goal in the 38th minute to give India a 4-2 lead, which lasted till the end, although Japan achieved two penalty corners, but Savita stuck in front of them.