Indias’ women hockey team has started the first tour of their Olympic Year with a 4-0 victory over the New Zealand Development squad. The Indian team arrived in Aukland on Thursday.
They will be playing against the hosts in four matches and Great Britain in one match. It took the team the entire first half of the game to be comfortable on the field. Striker Rani fetched India’s first goal in the third quarter. India continued to build on their 1-0 lead by creating back-to-back penalty corners in the following minutes but could not convert.
Sharmila scored a goal in the third quarter and Rani stretched the lead to 3-0 when she scored her second goal of the match in the fourth quarter. Namita Toppo earned India’s fourth goal.
“In the beginning, we struggled a bit with the jet lag but after that, we played a very controlled game and created a lot of opportunities,” said chief coach Sjoerd Marijne.
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