Kakamigahara (Japan): It was a great day for the Indian team as they overpowered China with an all-round performance to thrash China 4-1 in their second Pool A match of the womens hockey Asia Cup 2017 at the Kakamigahara Kawasaki Stadium.
Goals by Gurjit Kaur (19th minute), Navjot Kaur (32nd), Neha Goyal (49th) and Rani (58th) ensured that India continued their winning momentum in the tournament. The team had previously beaten Singapore 10-0 in their opening match.
India were quick to get off the blocks, winning a penalty corner in the first 15 minutes to put China on the back foot. Though this was well defended by China, the second quarter saw India’s dragflick specialist Gurjit Kaur convert a splendid goal to give India a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute.
Both teams then played cautiously. While India rotated the ball with calm heads and made their way into the striking circle, China were strong on defence to deny India any success.