Report by Avilash Panigrhi, Bhubaneswar: Indian women’s Hockey team’s ace forward Navneet Kaur scored hatric goals as India began their 5th women’s Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament with a booming 4-1 win over Japan here on sunday.
India’s first goal was scored in the first quarter through Navneet Kaur’s tactful field goal in the 7th minute. She scored yet another splendid goal in the 25th minute to take their lead to 2-0. The two teams were goal-less in the 3rd quarter. In the fourth quarter Odia forward Anupa Barla shooted to make it 3-0 lead for the Chak De Girls. In the 55th minute Navneet made her hat-trick as the interception from the midfield finds her in a suitable position to score another goal which made the Indian clots 4-0 lead in this match .
Japanese women’s managed to grab a goal back in the 58th minute via Aki Yamada, but it proved to be too little too late as India held on to take a 4-1 victory.
Indian girls up a structured defense to prevent Japanese attackers from making successful circle entries while the team’s attack, led by forward Navneet Kaur and Anupa Baral, frequently threatened the rival defense.
Indian Girls will meet chainees challenge in their next game on 16th may wednessday while they will face off Malaysians on 17th May. Host Korea will face Indian girls in the last group stage game on 19th May.