However, the Savita-led Indian team is still in the race for a place in the quarter-finals as she finished third in the pool. India will face the second-placed team in Pool C in a crossover match on July 10 for a place in the last eight. Vandana Katariya (4th Munit), Lalremsiami (44th) and Gurjit Kaur (59th) scored for India.
The Indian team started the game aggressively and put pressure on their opponents in the opening minutes of the match. In the fourth minute, Lalremsiami produced a brilliant delivery from the edge of the circle and Vandana Katariya tapped the ball into the goal to help India take a 1-0 lead.
New Zealand scored in the 10th minute but could not find the back of the net. The Kiwis came back after securing a penalty corner and Olivia Meri did not miss an opportunity to put the ball into the goal in the 12th minute.
The Indians earned the moment in the opening minutes of the second quarter and secured a penalty corner in the 18th minute. However, Deep Grace Ekka found no way to break the 1-1 deadlock. India remained on the offensive for most of the second quarter, but New Zealand’s defense stood firm and kept their opponents away. However, New Zealand scored in the 29th minute and Tessa Jopp came back into the net to help the Kiwis take a 2-1 lead.
New Zealand picked up the pace and earned back-to-back penalty corners in the opening minutes of the third quarter. Frances Davies converted the second PC in the 32nd minute to help the Kiwis extend their lead 3-1.
The Indians secured a penalty corner in the 43rd minute. However, they missed to take advantage of the opportunity. He continued to put pressure on his opponents and got a PC in the 47th minute, but the Kiwis pulled India out again. However, a brilliant pass by Lalremsiami, who deflected the ball into the goal in the 44th minute from Sushila Chanu, kept India in the match.
The Indian team earned a PC in the opening minutes of the final quarter, but Ekka sweeps the ball off the left post. India made a splash in the 47th minute, but the Kiwis once again stood firm.
Sushila hit a brilliant cross from the right flank but Monika could not get the ball into the goal. However, Olivia Meri converted PC in the 54th minute to help New Zealand take a 4-2 lead. But the Indians continued to fight hard and Gurjit Kaur converted a PC in the 59th minute. India won several PCs in the last minute of the match, but the Kiwis made sure they walked off the field as winners.
India will take on either Spain or Korea (2nd in Pool C) on July 10.
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