Indian women’s team defeated Thailand 6-0 in the World Hockey League Round 2 at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium on Tuesday night. Winning the third game in succession they enter the quarter finals without losing a match and no goal scored against them. They have scored a total of 21 goals in the tournament so far from 3 games. It was a dominating performance by the Indian women team as they played some aggressive hockey in the match.
In the first quarter of the match India played some excellent hockey. The ball was always in Thailand half. Indian women got 2 penalty corners but did not convert any. At the end of first quarter it was 0-0.
In the second quarter India started off well by getting as many as 6 penalty corners but did not convert. However they got the lead in the 14th minute when Amandeep Kaur converted a field goal to give India a 1-0 lead. At the end of 2nd quarter it was 1-0 in favor of India.
The third quarter saw India earn their first penalty corner of the quarter and 9th since the beginning of the match. Jaspreet Kaur converted the penalty corner into a goal to give India a 2-0 lead in the first minute. Then Indian women’s team earned another tow penalty corners in quick succession but could not convert any one of them into a goal. India scored the 3rd goal through Rani Poonam as she converted a brilliant slap on the deflection from a forward player in the 11th minute that gave India 3-0 lead. In the last minute of the quarter India scored the 4th goal through Vandana Katara who scored a field goal. At the end of 3rd quarter it was 4-0 in favor of India.
The fourth quarter also saw some excellent hockey from India. They got in all about 4 penalty corners in the last quarter but did not convert any one into a goal. India dominated the game and never allowed Thailand a chance. However India scored the 5th goal when Rani Poonam deflected a pass in the 14th minute. Soon India earned a penalty corner and Jaspreet Kaur converted it into a goal to give India 6-0 win. Despite this big margin win Indian women were able to only 2 out 14 penalty corners they got is a matter of concern. The coach has to look into this weakness and help to develop at least players into effective drag flickers for the future of the Indian Hockey.
India will meet Singapore in the quarter finals of this tournament on Thursday. India is one of the favorite team to get selected for Rio Olympics .They need to work on their penalty corners if they have to beat the top teams in the Olympics.