Tour of Malaysia: India women start with a 3-0 win

India women start
Tour of Malaysia: India women start with a 3-0 win

Tour of Malaysia: India women start with a 3-0 win

The visiting Indian women’s hockey team could not have asked for a better start than an impressive 3-0 win in the opener in the 5-Test match series that got under way at Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.

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It was mercurial Vandana Katariya, who converted a penalty corner at the beginning of the second quarter to wrap up the match with a brilliant field goal in the final minute. In between Lalremsiami, a promising youngster, also scored an opportunist field goal in the third quarter to keep India ahead of the hosts.

Indian women will play first Test matches during the tour. The tour is in preparation of Indian women’s hockey team for the FIH Series finals that will pave way for the top teams to qualify for the Olympic Qualifier.

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Indian girls started well by gradually settling down to the ground and playing conditions at Kuala Lumpur’s main hockey centre. Once they settled down they ha full measure of the strengths of the local girls.

Though Malaysians also played to a game plan but they [perhaps lacked in experience and also a little bit in skills against their more experienced opponents. India is playing without its regular captain Rani Rampal. Instead the team is led by experienced goalkeeper. India is trying some new and young faces as a part of its future build up plans.