Women's Hockey: India beat Wales 3-1 to register their second consecutive win at Commonwealth Games
Birmingham, July 31, 2022
The Indian Women's Hockey Team beat Wales 3-1 to register their second consecutive win at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games on Saturday.
With this win, India rose to the top of Pool A with six points in two matches.
Vandana Katariya (26', 48') starred with a brace, while Gurjit Kaur (28') scored a goal for India. Xenna Hughes (45') got on the scoresheet for Wales.
Riding high on confidence, India started aggressively, earning themselves a penalty corner (PC) in the very first minute of the match. But they missed out on taking an early lead due to a weak PC execution. India continued their attacking instinct and went on to run riot into the Welsh circle with as many as eight penetrations, creating various goalscoring opportunities. But, they couldn't find a way to get on the board in the first quarter.
India continued to put pressure on Wales and earned a PC in the second minute of the second quarter. But the Welsh defence unit stood tall to prevent them from scoring. Despite missing out on opportunities, India remained patient in their approach and were rewarded for their efforts as experienced striker Vandana broke the deadlock in the 26th minute. Vandana successfully deflected Gurjit's attempt at the PC. Gurjit went on to double India's lead from a PC P in the 28th minute of the match.
Leading by 2-0, India started the second half with the same intensity and continued to pile pressure on their opponents. They even earned a PC in the 39th minute of the match, but the Welsh defence remained resolute and kept the Indians at bay.
Wales, not giving up easily, got rewarded for their efforts and reduced the deficit to 2-1 at the end of the third quarter. It was Xenna Hughes who converted a PC in the last minute of the third quarter.
India started the final quarter with the same attacking instinct and went on to extend their lead to 3-1 through Vandana (48'), who yet again smartly deflected the ball from close range through Monika's attempt at PC.
In their bid to make the scoreline 4-1, India went on to dominate the latter stage of the final quarter and created various goalscoring opportunities, but couldn't make much of it.
India will next face England in a Pool A match on August 2 at 1830 hours IST. The match will be telecast live on Sony Ten 3, Sony Six, and on Sony LIV OTT platform.