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Indian women’s hockey team loses to Australia

 GOLD COAST, April 12: Indian women’s hockey team failed to capitalise on two goal-scoring chances in the dying minutes to suffer a 0-1 defeat at the hands of triple defending champions Australia in the semifinals of the Commonwealth Games here today.

Desperate to neutralise Grace Stewart’s strike in the third quarter, India’s coach Harendra Singh recalled goalkeeper Savita Punia when only four minutes were left in the match but his players could not cash in on the chances that came their way.

Navneet Kaur missed out on a sitter from a Monika Malik cross from the right flank while captain Rani Rampal could not slam in a through pass from Vandana Kataria.

India will now clash with England for a bronze medal on Saturday.

The play was mostly restricted to India’s half with Australia dominating the contest with high ball possession.

The Indian team saved two back-to-back penalty corners in the early minutes of first quarter after Vandana created a move inside the Australian striking circle. Her move, however, lacked support to pose a serious threat. – PTI

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