IMAGE: India’s gamers are devasted after shedding to Australia through the shoot-out in the Commonwealth Games women’s hockey semi-finals, on the University of Birmingham Hockey & Squash Centre, on Friday. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images
It was heartbreak for India’s women’s hockey workforce because it misplaced 0-3 in the shoot-out to four-time champions Australia after each the groups have been tied 1-1 on the finish of regulation time in the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games, in Birmingham, on Friday.
Australia took the lead in the tenth minute by means of Rebecca Greiner earlier than Vandana Katariya equalised for India in the forty ninth minute.
The Indians, who have been but to concede a purpose in the event, defended in numbers. They made an attacking begin and had the primary probability in the eighth minute however Australia survived an in depth shave.
Australia took the lead in the tenth minute, courtesy a defensive lapse from India as Greiner deflected in Ambrosia Malone’s cross.
Australia secured their first penalty-corner in the following minute however Monika made a goalline save
Two minutes later, India earned their second penalty-corner however wasted the chance.
Australia began strongly in the second quarter and put stress on the Indian defence from the beginning however the Savita Punia-led facet stayed agency.
The Indians weren’t to be left behind as they secured their third penalty-corner in the twenty first minute however Gurjit Kaur’s flick was saved by Australian goalie Aleisha Power.
Three minutes later, Sangita Kumari’s reverse shot from prime of the circle was once more denied by Power.
In the twenty fourth minute, India secured one other penalty-corner however the Australians defended in numbers to head into half-time main 1-0.
IMAGE: Australia’s gamers rejoice victory. Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images
The quarter too produced a tooth and nail battle between the 2 sides and in the forty fourth minute Australia secured 5 penalty-corners in succession however India captain and goalkeeper Savita and her defence put up a valiant present to deny their rivals.
A minute into the ultimate quarter, Savita as soon as once more got here to India’s rescue to preserve out Stephanie Kershaw’s attempt.
The Indians didn’t lose coronary heart and stored mounting raids on the Australian defence which wilted for the primary time in the competitors in the forty ninth minute when Vandana Katariya neatly deflected in Sushila Chanu’s defence splitting free hit from outdoors the circle to degree the scores.
India secured one other penalty-corner in the 51st minute however once more Power made a high quality reflex save to deny Gurjit.
IMAGE: Vandana Katariya celebrates with teammates after restoring parity for India. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images
A minute from the hooter Australia secured two extra penalty-corners however Savita made a high quality double save from the primary try because the Indians defended out of their pores and skin to take the match into shoot-out.
But it turned out to be an anti-climax for India in the shoot-out as Lalremsiami, Neha Goyal and Navneet Kaur missed the primary three makes an attempt, whereas Australia transformed all their possibilities to arrange a showdown in opposition to hosts England in the ultimate.
The Indians, nonetheless, ought to take into account themselves unfortunate as Malone initially missed her first try for Australia however the umpires gave her a second probability because the clock didn’t begin on time. Kaitlin Nobbs and Amy Lawton have been the opposite scorers for the Hockeyroos in the shoot-out.
In the opposite semi-final, England beat New Zealand 2-0 in a shoot-out after each the groups failed to break the stalemate in regulation 60 minutes.
India will now tackle New Zealand in the bronze medal match on Sunday.