Women's Hockey World Cup 2022: India's 1-1 draw match against England


Women's Hockey World Cup 2022: India's 1-1 draw match against England

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In their second game of the FIH Women's Hockey World Cup 2022 tournament, the India women's hockey team will play Asian rivals China with nothing less than a triumph in mind. India would try to close gaps in the attacking department and record their first victory of the women's hockey World Cup after their defensive ability was on display in the 1-1 draw against Olympic bronze medalist England.


Vandana Katariya of India tied the score in the 28th minute after England took the lead through Isabella Petter in the ninth minute. The first two quarters hardly revealed any differences between the two teams as they matched one another stick for the stick.


Savita Punia, the Indians' captain and goalkeeper, led the team's outstanding defensive effort in the team's Sunday Pool B opener against England, which ended in a tie. India, captained by Savita Punia, and England battled to a 1-1 tie in their first match. On Sunday, England's Isabelle Petter scored the game's first goal, but Vandana Katariya answered back to tie the match at the half. The rest of the game saw a close battle, but neither team was able to go ahead in the second half.


Vice-captain Deep Grace Ekka, Nikki Pradhan, Gurjit Kaur, and Udita all put in standout performances, preventing England from obtaining a single penalty corner during the entire game.


Their only mistake was the goal they gave up in the ninth minute, which Isabella Petter skillfully deflected in from outside the 'D.'


Aside from that, the Indian backline gave a nearly flawless performance against England, who fielded nearly the same group of players from the Great Britain squad that competed in the Tokyo Olympics.



As per usual, Savita was outstanding in goal, making a few excellent saves with her quick reactions.


However, India struggled to score from their seven penalty corners, scoring just one, with Vandana Katariya scoring the equaliser off a rebound in the 28th minute.

Against England, India again had a tonne of opportunities, but apart from the equaliser, the forward line was unable to take advantage of the majority of them.


India had an opportunity to go ahead in the 56th minute. Neha and Navjot then began their work within the D to aid Sharmila in discovering the deflection. Sharmila Devi lost the chance of a lifetime by failing to connect with a superb pass from a teammate.


With fewer than five minutes left, Monika won India's eighth penalty corner, but England's strong defence, led by goalkeeper Maddie Hinch, prevented India from scoring.


India would want to improve their offensive performance and defeat China, ranked 13th in the world, who held New Zealand to a 2-2 draw in the other Pool B encounter on Sunday. Janneke Schopman, the head coach, would like to see the forward line, which includes players like Vandana, Lalremsiami, and Shamila, perform with better precision.


India, ranked eighth in the world, will undoubtedly start as favourites against China based on form and rankings, but the Savita-led team will be careful to avoid becoming comfortable.

In the last two encounters between the two teams, India prevailed.


India won the first game of the doubleheader in the FIH Pro League match against China 7-1 before defeating China 2-1 in Muscat, Oman.


On July 5, 2022, in Amstelveen's Wagener Hockey Stadium, India and China will play in a Women's Hockey World Cup 2022 match.

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