Kudos: Indian women’s hockey team lifts maiden Asian Champions Trophy
The Indian women’s hockey team lifted its maiden Asian Champions Trophy with Deepika Thakur striking in the final minute to give her team a thrilling 2-1 win over China in the final on Saturday.
This is a memorable victory and it built on some team work. Deep Grace Ekka converted a penalty corner to take India into the lead in the 13th minute before China equalised in the 44th minute with a field goal from Zhong Mengling.
India’s best finish in the Women’s Asian Champions Trophy came in the last edition in 2013 when it finished runner-up to Japan. It had finished third in the inaugural edition in 2010. This maiden victory got accolades from all corners for the women’s hockey team.
Going into the second quarter, India kept up the pressure by playing disciplined hockey, keeping their calm only to deny the Chinese a chance to equalise.
PTI reports the third quarter saw China’s Mengling Zhong penetrate the Indian circle to score a quick field goal. But the Indian eves were unrelenting and were playing the kind of hockey that had China on the backfoot. China managed to earn their first PC of the match in the third quarter but failed to convert, sending the ball way off the baseline.