The Indian women hockey team beat Japan by 4-2 in the the semifinals of Asia Cup hockey tournament that took place on Friday. Gurjit Kaur (7th, 9th minutes), Navjot Kaur (9th) and Lalremsiami (38th) showed outstanding performance to take India to the final round.
In the next match, Indian team will face off China team. Earlier, India had beaten China by 4-1 during the league stage of the tournament.
Indians started the game by achieving back-to-back penalty corners against Japan.
In the seventh minute of game, Gurjit Kaur take a lead of 1-0 when she offhand the booster to hurl the ball against Japanese goalkeeper Akio Tanaka.
Navjot Kaur twofold India’s lead two minutes later when she hit a field goal from an ideal help by forward Vandana Katariya.
Almost straight away, India clinched a penalty corner and Gurjit was once more on target as she issued India a challenging 3-0 score.
India triumph another penalty corner in the first quarter of game whereas in the second quarter of game, Japan put good efforts to clinch the game but couldn’t able to win.
Player Yui Ishibashi gave India feelings of extreme nervousness when she clinched one more field goal to fulfill the gap to 2-3 in the 28th minute of match.
The concluding 15 minutes of game continued to remain nervous as Japan clinched two penalty corners against India but later India settled to win the game.