Kakamigahara, Japan: The Indian women’s hockey team will take on an unpredictable China in the final of the 2017 Asia Cup at the Kakamigahara Kawasaki Stadium on Sunday, after ousting defending champions Japan on Friday.
India had defeated China 4-1 in the league stage of the tournament.
India got off to a rollicking start in the semifinals as it won back-to-back penalty corners to put pressure on the host nation. Dragflicker Gurjit Kaur scored in the seventh to put India ahead, before Navjot Kaur doubled the lead in the 9th minute. Gurjit Kaur scored again to give the Indian eves a 3-0 lead.
While the first quarter belonged to India, Japan made a strong comeback after the first break. Shiho Tsujii scored a field goal in the 17th minute to narrow the goal deficit to 1-3. The next few minutes saw India’s defence put to the test as a stubborn Japanese attack persisted for breakthroughs. Yui Ishibashi gave India the jitters when she converted a field goal to close the gap to 2-3 in the 28th minute.
After the half-time break, Lalremsiami scored a sensational field goal to increase India’s lead to 4-2 in the 38th minute. ANI