Commonwealth Games 2022: Indian women’s hockey team loses to England 1-3

The Indian team, which had also lost to England in the bronze medal match of the Olympic Games, lost the opening goals and went 0-3 before scoring a consolation goal in the fourth quarter.

Gisele Ainsley (3′), Tess Howard (40′), Hannah Martin (53′) found the back of the net for England, while Vandana Katariya (60′) was India’s only scorer.

The loss means India are third in the group behind England (9 points) and Canada (6), with the same number of points as Canada but third on goal difference.

The England team started the game on an aggressive manner and scored a consecutive penalty corner in the second minute of the first quarter. Gisele Ainsley converted a second penalty corner and helped England take a 1-0 lead in the third minute.

India had a chance when Salima Tete scored a brilliant run in the right flank but she could not find the back of the net. In the 12th minute, Salima bowled a brilliant delivery and Vandana Katariya tried to put it in the goal, but English goalkeeper Madeleine Hinch made a brilliant defense. India got a penalty corner in the last minute of the first quarter, although Gurjit Kaur did not get a level.

Monica took a shot in the opening minutes of the second quarter, but unfortunately the ball went over the crossbar. The Indian team scored another goal in the 20th minute, but the English defense unit held on and kept their opponents away.

The Indians continued to build pressure and got a penalty corner in the 22nd minute. Deep Grace Ekka took a strong shot, but goalkeeper Hinch made another brilliant save. Navneet Kaur helped India get another penalty corner in the 25th minute, but Gurjeet could not break the English defence. The Indians kept trying to level up, but England managed to maintain their lead at the end of the first half.

Elena Reyer scored a remarkable run through the center in the opening minutes of the third quarter, but Udita made a fine tackle and ensured that the English side did not extend their lead. England picked up the pace and scored another goal in the 38th minute, but the Indian defense unit fought hard and kept the ball away from their target.

However, Sophie Hamilton produced a fine ball and Tess Howard deflected it into goal in the 40th minute to help England lead 2-0. India scored two penalty corners in the final minutes of the third quarter but could not find the back of the net.

Salima hit a shot in the 48th minute, but goalkeeper Hinch successfully pushed the ball away from the goal. Soon after, the Indians earned a penalty corner, but the English defense remained strong and maintained a clean sheet.

Hannah Martin converted a penalty corner in the 53rd minute to help England lead 3–0. In the final minute of the match, India received a penalty corner and Vandana Katariya tapped the ball into the goal to ensure that England did not leave the field with a clean sheet.

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