Hero FIH Hockey World League:India beat Poland

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Marching ahead in the league, India registered its second consecutive win by defeating Poland 2- 0 at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Delhi, today.

The game displayed a set of fearless performances by both the teams and in the initial minutes itself, Poland was awarded with the first penalty corner of the game. The girls made clever attempts to convert the opportunity but failed to capitalize it. On the other hand, India opened the first quarter on the front foot showing some strength and dynamism and Vandana Katariya smacked the ball hard with a deflection and scored the first goal of the match in the 13th minute of the game taking a 1-0 lead.

Maintaining the same momentum in the second quarter, India started with the proceedings and tried to create scoring opportunities by surrounding the D of the opponents. While both the teams made desperate attempts to put themselves into the frame, Poland team displayed good coordination trying to close the gaps by holding on to the possession of the ball. India took an advantage of the counter attack and it was Poonam Rani who took the reception and stroked in a field goal in the 26th minute and doubled the lead to 2-0.

With the change of both the ends, Poland tried to put in continuous pressure but was unable to break down the resolute defence of the Indian team. Indian girls made constant efforts to stop the ball from the right flank and showcased wonderful interception throughout the match. India was seen on the dominating side right through the beginning but unfortunately failed to convert the scoring opportunities on the couple of occasions. As both the teams were unable to score any goals, the score remained stagnant at 2-0 by the end of the third quarter.

Entering into the last quarter of the game, the two teams were seen in action playing the game tactically. In search of scooping the ball into the net and opening their account, Poland kept on chasing the ball and restricted the Indian eves to add any further goals to their tally. Very successful in defying the Indian attack, the Poland goalie displayed her beautiful bit of goalkeeping and held back the Indian eves to score any goals further. The polished defence of Indian team kept the scores intact and did not allow Poland to score any goals thus, marking a well deserved win for India over Poland 2-0.

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