India vs England, Women’s Hockey World Cup highlights: India take on hosts England in their opening match of the 2018 World Cup. This is the first major tournament that the team are playing since Dutch coach Sjoerd Marijne returned as coach of the women’s side. India are ranked no. 10 in the world while England are second behind the Netherlands. Captain Rani Rampal is one of just two players who has previous experience of playing in a World Cup and the onus will be on her once again to find the goals. England, who were Olympic champions two years ago when they were playing as Great Britain, will be desperate to get themselves off to a winning start. Catch live scores and updates of the Women’s World Cup match between India and England here.
India vs England, Women's Hockey World Cup highlights:
THAT'S THAT! India 1-1 England
England have avoided a major upset here. India took the lead against the run of play in the second quarter but India simply smashed them with wave after wave of attacks. A fairly good start for India to the tournament.
GOAL! India 1-1 England (Owsley 54 mins)
And finally England have their equaliser. Watton manages to deflect a shot from the penalty corner into goal and England are back on level terms with less than seven minutes to go.
Eighth England penalty corner, once again, saved by Savita but England get another out of it.
47 mins, 4th quarter
Consecutive penalty corners for England. The first one is flicked straight to Ansley's stick and the ball pops over the Indian keeper Sunita Lakra saves it from point-blank range. Another penalty corner for England that India defend succesfully.
3rd quarter ends
India somehow maintain their lead despite the relentless attacks from England. England have been attacking from the right all along but the one chance they made from the left was the best of the lot.
England attack through the left for the first time and create their best chance of the second half. Very poorly finished. It's a miracle this has stayed 1-0 for India. Brave defending but for how long can this last? #hockeyworldcup2018— Mihir Vasavda (@mihirsv) July 21, 2018
3rd quarter 39 mins
Townsend makes it all the way into the D from the left and tries to pass it inside but the shot from Bray that comes after it is wayward.
3rd quarter 39 mins
England are pouring it in from the right. India are just about keeping them out. Savita had made an incredible double save off Danson in this quarter.
3rd quarter 35 mins
All England at the moment and India are struggling to get out of their own area. So far, they have held off the English onslaught.
Takes a good keeper to know another
England have been relentless in the second quarter and Savita has done well to keep them out. Her efforts have not gone unnoticed.
Savitha working hard to keeping the scoreboard clean while forward managed to get a goal .... good first half girls ..... #keepgoing #1-0 #indiavsengland @worldcup2018 #goalkeepers @obohockey @TheHockeyIndia @EnglandHockey @FIH_Hockey— sreejesh p r (@16Sreejesh) July 21, 2018
HALF TIME! India 1-0 England
England have had six shots, four of them coming in the second quarter and India had just three, all of which came in the 1st. England have had five Penalty Corners so far while India have had none and yet, it is India who have taken the lead. What an amazing game we have had so far.
GOAL! India 1-0 England (Neha Goyal 25 mins)
England review against that goal and it does go upstairs. No problem says the TV umpire and the goal stands. England have dominated the second quarter but despite all the shots they have had, it is India who have taken the lead.
Tremendous! India have taken the lead against England in their opening match of the women's #hockey #WorldCup. Not entirely against run of play, but big upset on the cards. Lest we forget, England - as Britain - had won Rio Olympics gold— Mihir Vasavda (@mihirsv) July 21, 2018
England win their fifth penalty corner of the match. The shot is wide and it comes to Petty who directs to her near post, Savita saves it brilliantly. This has been a busy quarter for the Indian keeper. England have had four shots so far just in the second quarter, six overall.
9 mins 2nd quarter
England are dominating and India are doing their best to keep them out. They have won two penalty corners so far, both successfully defended by India.
This is how India lined up in the beginning of the match.
Here’s how the Indian Women’s Team will line-up for their opening game of the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup London 2018 against hosts England. Catch the action LIVE at 6:30 PM (IST).#IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/uEFoAg9MKS— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) 21 July 2018
1st quarter ends, India 0-0 England
A game of counter-attacks so far. England almost gave away a silly goal when Giselle Ainsley made a misplaced pass to Lalremsiani. Nothing much to separate the two sides.
England under pressure after a mistake inside the D. India manage to get it inside but the shot is devoid of any power and the England custodian saves it easily.
England tested the Indian defence pretty early and India then tried to make inroads of their own. They were not too successful in that and now England hold possession again.
14 mins, PC for England
An early Penalty Corner for England. Giselle Ansley drag flicks and the shot is blocked.
In other matches
This is the second match of the day with the first being played between Germany and South Africa. Germany won the match 3-1.
Hello and welcome!
Skipper Rani Rampal is one of only two players who has previous experience of playing in a World Cup. Eight years ago at Rosario, Argentina, the Shahbad girl caught the eye as a 16-year-old by scoring seven goals as India finished ninth. She is now a veteran with 134 goals in 212 internationals and feels the high expectations on the home team could work in favour of the Indians. There is reason for that, though. India are ranked 10th in the world, England second. England were Olympic champions in Rio as Great Britain, India were eliminated in the group stage without winning a single match. Also, this World Cup is a vital part of the buildup to the Asian Games and Tokyo 2022 for India, Tushar Bhaduri observed in his preview.