Indian ladies’s hockey group (Photo Credit: HI)
Sharmila Devi and Deep Grace Ekka scored the targets as Indian ladies’s hockey group drew 2-2 with Argentina juniors.
- Last Updated: January 18, 2021, 17:21 IST
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The Indian ladies’s hockey group returned to worldwide competitors after a yr with a 2-2 draw in opposition to Argentina’s junior ladies’s nationwide group, with targets from younger striker Sharmila Devi (22nd minute) and the skilled Deep Grace Ekka (31st minute).
India acquired off the blocks with the intent to assault within the first quarter. The group received two back-to-back penalty corners within the eighth and ninth minutes of play, however they had been nicely defended by a robust Argentine defence line. Though Argentina too was awarded a penalty nook, within the 11th minute, an alert Indian group custodian Savita thwarted the try.
The second quarter noticed India set-up a advantageous purpose through Sharmila within the 22nd minute to offer the group a 1-Zero lead. However, Paula Santamarina of Argentina scored within the 28th minute to attract degree. India reposed the lead quickly after the second quarter when Deep Grace Ekka transformed a penalty nook within the 31st minute. The guests defended nicely to maintain up the 2-1 lead all by means of the third quarter and carried a very good rhythm into the ultimate quarter.
The dwelling group bounced again within the closing quarter to equalise with a advantageous purpose by Brisa Bruggesser within the 48th minute. Though India tried to create one final alternative earlier than the ultimate hooter, the house group’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 long gap. Playing a competitive side after a year takes time to get into the rhythm and we played 23 athletes to give them all a feeling of playing in a match after a long gap,” stated chief coach Sjoerd Marijne.
“We will need to build on our rhythm match-by-match. We will be thoroughly analyzing this match and the key will be to learn from the mistakes we made here and be ready for the next game,” he stated.
India will tackle Argentina junior ladies’s group on Wednesday.