In a cricket crazy country like India, the international Women’s Hockey World Cup 2018 currently going on in the United Kingdom could lose the limelight, but the Indian Women’s hockey team is in no mood of slowing down. Batting knock out stage, India has won over the crucial match against Italy with a score of 3-0 and an entry in the quarter finals.
Team India ended their third and final Pool B match against the USA in a 1-1 draw which helped them to finish third in Pool B making them reach the knockout stage at the Women’s Hockey World Cup 2018. The Indian team then encountered a hockey battle against Italy, the least ranked world cup team in the tournament with a will to not take them lightly and put in all their efforts in the crucial match. The do-or-die match was crucial for both teams as the one who wins would secure a place in the quarter-final of the tournament, whereas the one who lost would go back home.
India started the tournament with matching ending in 1-1 draw against England. The second match of team India in Pool B resulted in a loss as Ireland won it defeating India 0-1. Thereafter, the do-or-die match against USA also resulted in a draw helping India enter the knockout stage. But it was the performance at the game against Italy that helped India book itself for the World Cup quarter final. The game started with India attacking from the word go in the do-or-die match as Lalremsiami scored the opening goal of the match in the ninth minute of the game.
After the first goal, the blue team aggressively struggled to score a goal but couldn’t, until India earned a penalty corner and Neha Goyal converted it into a goal with a brilliant deflection in the second half. With a score of 2-0, India’s goal was to defend Italy from scoring any goals and win the game. But in just 5 minutes to go in the final quarter, Indian player Vandana Katariya too scored with a deflection and India’s score rose to 3-0 making it impossible for Italy to level. Now India will play for the quarter final match of the Women’s Hockey World Cup 2018, and this could be “chakde India” year.