Welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of Indian women’s hockey team’s Tokyo 2020 quarterfinal game against Australia. This is Dominic Richard taking you through the action as it unfurls at the Oi Hockey Stadium.
20′ PENALTY CORNER FOR AUSTRALIA! And India loses its referral in an attempt to reverse the umpire’s decision. Goalkeeper Savita Punia eventually makes a good save to deny the Aussies.
17′ This has been an evenly-poised game so far. Navjot Kaur commits a foul and gives away possession during an Indian attack and Australia wins a free-hit.
THE SECOND QUARTER IS UNDERWAY!
Nothing to separate the two sides at the Tokyo Olympics as a goalless opening 15 minutes come to an end. Three more quarters to go. Stay tuned!
THE FIRST QUARTER ENDS!
15′ The Indian defence has been quite solid today. The Australian forwards haven’t been able to release shots that easily. No penalty corners in this game so far.
12′ Australia is giving away a few loose balls now. India moving forward with numbers. However, Navneet Kaur concedes a free-hit.
9′ INDIA HITS THE POST NOW! This was much more close. Salima Tete made a brilliant run on the left flank and sent the ball towards Vandana Katariya, who immediately set up Rani Rampal. But the Indian skipper’s shot at close range hits the post and goes out of play.
7′ The Australian players are pressing high here in an attempt to find an early goal. India looks a bit rusty, having lost the ball in midfield a couple of times already.
4′ Australia goalkeeper Rachael Lynch makes a decent save at one end as her team initiates a counter-attack. The substitute Grace Stewart gets the ball near the circle but she is dispossessed soon after.
2′ WHAT A CHANCE FOR AUSTRALIA! Ambrosia Malone receives a pass from the right flank and hits the post with her shot. The Indian defenders clear the rebound to avert the danger.
AND THE MATCH BEGINS!
The players from both teams are out on the field, and it is time for the national anthems, which will be followed by the toss in the middle.
The team lineups are out!
INDIA XI: Savita Punia (GK), Deep Grace Ekka, Gurjit Kaur, Udita, Neha Goyal, Monika Malik, Rani Rampal (C), Navneet Kaur, Vandana Katariya, Navjot Kaur, Nisha.
COACH – Sjoerd Marijne.
AUSTRALIA XI: Edwina Bone (C), Emily Chalker, Savannah Fitzpatrick, Kate Jenner, Stephanie Kershaw, Amy Lawton, Rachael Lynch (GK), Ambrosia Malone, Kaitlin Nobbs, Renee Taylor, Madison Fitzpatrick.
COACH – Katrina Powell.
In case you missed it, the Indian men’s national hockey team ended a 41-year wait to make it to the medal round at the Olympic Games as it clinched a 3-1 victory over Great Britain at the Oi Hockey Stadium in Tokyo on Sunday to set up a semifinal encounter with Belgium.
The Indian women’s hockey team had a few anxious hours on Saturday. Despite beating South Africa 4-3 in the final group game, the team had to wait for a favourable result from the match between Great Britain and Ireland.
India coach Sjoerd Marijne, who said the game was “bad for his heart”, walked around the athlete’s village, where he bumped into a few of his players. “It was quite funny. We weren’t too keen to watch the game. The wi-fi does not connect everywhere in the village. So that was good,” he told Sportstar.
Marijne finished his walk, but the Great Britain game was still on. “I went to the gym and worked out a little extra just to be busy and take my mind off the game. A friend of mine was texting me, and Great Britain was leading 2-0, and I said, ‘text me only if Great Britain scores’.”
Skipper Rani Rampal wanted the game to end. “Our hearts were pounding, and we wanted the game to be over as soon as possible.”
Marijne’s wife informed the coach that Ireland had lost 2-0. India had made it to the knockouts of women’s hockey for the first time in the history of the Games. “It was an emotional moment, and she’s always there for me,” he said. “They (players) were thrilled. We had a big hug and had a circle, and I said, ‘Listen, girls, enjoy the moment. This is what we are doing it for. All the training we’ve done at SAI Bengaluru (Sports Authority of India) and the time we spent in lockdown; it all comes to this.”
Marijne is keen to make this his Chak De India moment. “I’ve watched the movie, and I am writing a book on my journey with the women’s team. Just like in the movie, this has so many experiences. I came here to put women’s hockey on the map, and that’s where we are headed,” he said.
The Indians will face Australia – still undefeated in the tournament – in the quarterfinals. The Aussies have scored 13 goals and conceded just once in the group stage. However, Marijne feels the pressure will be on the world’s second-ranked team.
“I’ve told the team to enjoy the quarterfinal. The competition is wide open now, none of the earlier points count. The pressure is with Australia, not with us,” said Marijne.
India – Savita Punia, Deep Grace Ekka, Nikki Pradhan, Gurjit Kaur, Udita, Nisha, Neha Goyal, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Monika Malik, Navjot Kaur, Salima Tete, Rani Rampal, Navneet Kaur, Lalremsiami, Vandana Katariya, Sharmila Devi.
Australia – Edwina Bone, Emily Chalker, Jane Claxton, Savannah Fitzpatrick, Kate Jenner, Stephanie Kershaw, Amy Lawton, Rachael Lynch, Rosie Malone, Kaitlin Nobbs, Brooke Peris, Karri Somerville, Penny Squibb, Grace Stewart, Renee Taylor, Mariah Williams.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs):
- At what time will the Indian women’s hockey team be in action?
The hockey game against Australia will start today at 8:30 AM IST (12:00 PM local time).
- Where to watch Indian events at Tokyo Olympics?
The Sony Sports Network will broadcast Tokyo Olympics live in India.
Sony TEN 3 HD/SD will telecast India events with Hindi commentary while Sony TEN 1 HD/SD and Sony TEN 2 HD/SD will have English commentary.
Live streaming of the events will be available on the SonyLIV and JioTV apps.