Indian ladies’s hockey crew (Photo Credit: HI)
Sharmila Devi and Deep Grace Ekka scored the targets as Indian ladies’s hockey crew drew 2-2 with Argentina juniors.
- Last Updated: January 18, 2021, 17:21 IST
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The Indian ladies’s hockey crew returned to worldwide competitors after a yr with a 2-2 draw in opposition to Argentina’s junior ladies’s nationwide crew, with targets from younger striker Sharmila Devi (twenty second minute) and the skilled Deep Grace Ekka (thirty first minute).
India acquired off the blocks with the intent to assault within the first quarter. The crew gained two back-to-back penalty corners within the eighth and ninth minutes of play, however they had been effectively defended by a powerful Argentine defence line. Though Argentina too was awarded a penalty nook, within the eleventh minute, an alert Indian crew custodian Savita thwarted the try.
The second quarter noticed India set-up a wonderful purpose through Sharmila within the twenty second minute to supply the crew a 1-0 lead. However, Paula Santamarina of Argentina scored within the twenty eighth minute to attract stage. India reposed the lead quickly after the second quarter when Deep Grace Ekka transformed a penalty nook within the thirty first minute. The guests defended effectively to maintain up the 2-1 lead all by way of the third quarter and carried a superb rhythm into the ultimate quarter.
The dwelling crew bounced again within the remaining quarter to equalise with a wonderful purpose by Brisa Bruggesser within the forty eighth minute. Though India tried to create one final alternative earlier than the ultimate hooter, the house crew’s defence stood robust.
A penalty nook awarded to India within the 53rd minute was saved, finally ending the match with a 2-2 scoreline.
“It was a typical first match after a protracted hole. Playing a aggressive aspect after a yr takes time to get into the rhythm and we performed 23 athletes to present all of them a sense of enjoying in a match after a protracted hole,” mentioned chief coach Sjoerd Marijne.
“We might want to construct on our rhythm match-by-match. We might be completely analyzing this match and the important thing might be to be taught from the errors we made right here and be prepared for the following recreation,” he mentioned.
India will tackle Argentina junior ladies’s crew on Wednesday.