HIROSHIMA, June 16 - Gurjit scored a brace to lead the Indian women’s hockey team to a dominant 5-0 victory over Poland at the FIH Women’s Series Finals Hiroshima 2019 here on Sunday.
Right from the outset, India were on the attack, their left side causing problems for Poland’s defence with regularity. Poland enjoyed the lion’s share of possession, but India were causing more problems with their speed in attack. The best chance to open the scoring fell for India in the final seconds of the quarter.
India’s high pressing strategy put Poland’s defenders constantly under stress as they looked to play the ball out quickly, often inaccurately and turned over possession in crucial areas with regularity.
Put under pressure by Sunita Lakra, Poland faltered in playing out from the back, and the ball fell to Navjot Kaur on the left. Her cross was inch perfect, directed towards the far post, where Jyoti deflected it in, giving India a deserved lead.
India won a flurry of PCs in the final five minutes of the quarter. From one of them, Vandana Katariya pounced on a loose ball – after Gurjit’s dragflick had been saved by Gabara – to score India’s second. From another, Gurjit slotted the ball into the bottom left corner, to give India a three goal lead as they went into halftime.
India won a stroke in the 35th minute, and Gurjit duly dispatched it to score her second and India’s fourth of the game. It was with that lead the team went into the final break. – PTI