Women’s Asia Cup Hockey: Holders India beat Malaysia 9-0 in opener | Hockey News

Muscat: Holders India beat Minos Malaysia 9-0 to make a strong start to their title defense Women’s Asia Cup Hockey Tournament here on Friday.
The Indians scored four goals each in the first two quarters and five more in the last two quarters.
With four World Cup spots at stake in the tournament, India got off to a slow start but got a grip as the match progressed.
It didn’t take long for India to take the lead through Vandana Kataria, who tapped into the open goal after a fine one-two set between Navneet Kaur and Sharmila Devi.

The Indians increased the pressure and soon got their first penalty corner but it went in vain.
The Indians kept up the pressure on Malaysia’s defense and got two penalty corners in quick time, one of which was brilliantly converted by Deep Grace Ekka.
Navneet Kaur then scored with a powerful reverse hit from above the circle to give India a 3-0 commanding lead at the end of the first quarter.
Within seconds of the second quarter, India got another penalty corner but Gurjeet Kaur’s flick was saved by Malaysia’s defense.
Navneet scored his second goal of the day with another powerful hit from the top of the D as India went into halftime with a 4-0 lead.

Shortly after the final change, an unmarked Lalremsiami took a 6-0 lead behind the Malaysian net before Neha Goyal scored India’s fifth goal.
Monica soon made her name in the scoresheet to increase India’s lead.
The Indians continued their attack when Navjot Kaur scored the team’s eighth goal after the start of the fourth and final quarter.
Sharmila Devi made it to the final hooter 9-0 in five minutes, tapping closely.
The defending champions are placed in Group A along with Japan, Malaysia and Singapore.
The Indians will play Japan on Sunday before their final pool game on January 24 against Singapore.


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