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Indian eves crowned Asia’s best; beat China in the final of Hockey Asia Cup

Indian women’s hockey team beat China 5-4 in the final of 2017 Women’s Asia Cup in Kakamigahara, Japan via penalty shoot-out. The win came just after some days their male counterparts won the title  in Bangladesh. It is a rare double for India in the continental competitions. South Korea are the only other team to achieve this feat. They won both men’s and women’s Asia Cup in 1994.

In  the first quarter, both the teams failed to score. But Navjot Kaur gave India the all-important lead with a brilliant field goal in the 25th minute. China found a late equaliser through the penalty corner of Tiantia Luo in the 47th minute. After 60 minutes of play, the scoreline remained 1-1, forcing a penalty shoot-out.

In the shoot-out, both the sides failed to break the deadlock at 4-4. Then, in the sudden death, captain Rani Rampal scored for India, while Liang Meiyu’s shot was stunningly saved by goalkeeper Savita. India won 5-4 that saw them qualify for the 2018 World Cup in England as the continental champions. Savita was adjudged the best goalkeeper of the tournament.

India eves remained unbeaten in the tournament. In the pool stage, India beat Singapore 10-0, China 4-1 and Malaysia 2-0. In the quarter-final, India thrashed Kazakhstan 7-1 before beating defending champions Japan 4-2. India last won the Asia Cup title in 2004, when they beat Japan 1-0 in Delhi.

 

 

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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