Hockey World League: India Eves Move To Quarter Finals

Vandana Katariya and Poonam Rani found themselves on the score sheet as the Indian women’s hockey team beat a rather hapless Poland side 2-0 at the Hockey World League event at the Major Dhyan Chand stadium in Delhi.

First Quarter: India Dominate; Vandana Katariya Opens Scoring

The Indian eves began their match against Poland by picking up where they had left off against Ghana. Despite a slight drizzle in the Dhyan Chand stadium, the 13-0 won over Ghana ensured that the attack line was on the prowl.

However, despite the massive win over Ghana, Ritu Rani and co were not successful in breaking down the resolute Polish defence till Vandana Katariya stepped in with the opening goal.

Vandana Katariya in action during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Vandana Katariya in action during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

With 13 minutes gone, Vandana Katariya broke the deadlock to give India a solitary goal advantage, much to the delight of Roelant Oltmans on the side.

Therefore, the first quarter concluded with the scoreboard at the Dhyan Chand international stadium reading 1-0 in favour of India.

Second Quarter: Poonam Rani Doubles The Lead

Despite the 1-0 lead, Roelant Oltmans and his side went on to attack with relentless pressure, similar to their previous game against Ghana. As a result, Poonam Rani, yet another attacking player in the Indian ranks ensured that her name too was on the score sheet on the 26th minute mark.

Marta Kucharska, the Polish custodian kept out the vicious backhanded shot from Amandeep Kaur, however, she failed to notice the arrival of Poonam Rani. The latter second goal was indeed a poachers goal. That however, would be the last goal of the encounter.

Therefore, the first half concluded with the Indian eves in the lead with two goals to the good.

Second Half: Indians Rue Missed Chances

The second half began with Poland’s swift attacks, applying firm pressure on the defensive line of the Indians. Roelant Oltmans resorted to rotating both his keepers Rajani and Savita.

While the Polish ascendancy didn’t last long as the Indian eves were once more on the prowl, Ritu Rani and co failed to increase the lead as the game finally concluded 2-0.

Summary

So India doing well in the group stages but tougher competition awaits them in the knockout stages of the Hockey World League. Stay tuned to Sports Rediscovered for all the action of the Hockey World League




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