The Indian women’s hockey team reached its first Asia Cup final since 2009 after defeating defending champions Japan in the semi-finals by a margin of 4-2. In the final, the Indian eves will face China whom they have already beaten in the group stage. Coach Harendra Singh’s positive influence has already started rubbing off on the Indian eves as a brace from Gurjit Kaur sealed a convincing win over their Japanese opponents.
India opened the scorecard with Kaur’s strike in the 7th minute of the match. From thereon, the women in blue took control and did not let the advantage slip out of their hand. However, the Japanese eves did make a comeback later on as they put in two goals. But it was too little too late as India had a convincing lead by four goals. Meanwhile, with a brace on Friday, Gurjit Kaur went on to become the leading goal-scorer for India at the Asia Cup. Navjot Kaur and Vandana Katariya were the two other players who scored for India against Japan.
Earlier, India defeated Singapore, China and Malaysia in the group stage. In the quarterfinals, India thumped Kazakhstan by a whopping margin of 7-1 before beating Japan on Friday.