The Indian women’s hockey team has registered their third straight loss at the Tokyo Olympics as went down 3-0 to Great Britain. Having been decimated by Netherlands 5-1 in their opening games, the Women in Blue have shown signs of improvement but that’s clearly not enough for the big stage.
Great Britain scored two quick goals, the first coming in just 75 seconds, to assert their dominance. While the Indian team fought back in the second quarter, with Sharmila Devi hammering home a penalty corner, they struggled for the better part of the game.
Lily Owsley flicked in a penalty corner to join Hannah Martin, who had scored both the opening goals, on the score sheet. Grace Balsdon too joined the party in the 57th minute as she scored Britain’s fourth goal via a penalty stroke. Great Britain completely decimated the Indian side as they were clearly the better team in all aspects.
Indian women’s hockey team’s fight back goes in vain
While the Indian divas fought back, they lacked the finishing in the opposition half. India was awarded seven penalty corners of which they were able to convert only one. A shot efficiency of 9% is a testament to the Asian side’s dismal showing in the final third of the pitch.
Nevertheless, India’s hopes of making it to the quarterfinals are sleek but alive. With relatively weaker oppositions in Ireland and South Africa waiting for them in their final two games, the Indian women might be able to sneak into the top four. But do so, they have to win both their remaining encounters and hope for some favourable results.