The Indian women’s hockey team drubbed Singapore 9-1 on January 24 to secure a semi-final spot at the ongoing 2022 Asia Cup in Muscat, Oman.
Along with a semi-final spot in the ongoing hockey tournament, India, Japan, South Korea and China have automatically qualified for the 2022 FIH World Cup to be co-hosted by Spain and the Netherlands later this year.
Earlier, the Indian women’s hockey team thumped Malaysia 9-0 in their opening clash of the tournament on Friday. The Indians, however, went down 0-2 against defending Asian Games champions Japan in their second match on Sunday.
However, a solid comeback against Singapore would have boosted the Women in Blue’s morale after the loss against Japan.
Defending champions India will take on South Korea in the first semifinal, while Japan will square off against China in the second semifinal on Wednesday (January 26).
A win in the semis will take the Savita Punia-led Indian hockey team a step closer to lifting the trophy for the second consecutive time.
India vs South Korea: January 26
Timings: 6:00pm (IST)
Japan vs China: January 26
Timings: 8:30pm (IST)
The tournament will be telecast live on the watch.hockey website. Disney+ Hotstar will exclusively live stream all matches of the tournament.
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Here’s a look at the Indian women’s hockey squad for this tournament.
Goalkeepers: Savita Punia (captain), Rajani Etimarpu
Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka (vice-captain), Gurjit Kaur, Nikki Pradhan, Udita
Midfielders: Nisha, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Monika, Neha, Salima Tete, Jyoti, Navjot Kaur
Forwards: Navneet Kaur, Lalremsiami, Vandana Katariya, Mariana Kujur, Sharmila Devi
Replacement Athletes: Deepika (Junior), Ishika Chaudhary
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