Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Deepika shines as IND register first win

Hello and welcome to Scroll’s live coverage of India’s match against USA, in the 2023-24 FIH Women’s Pro League in Bhubaneswar.

After three successive losses to start their 2023-24 FIH Pro League home leg campaign against China, Netherlands and Australia, the Indian women’s hockey team will hope for a better show against USA tonight.

The USA too have lost all three matches so far and also enter this tie with pressure. They first suffered a colossal 7-0 defeat by Netherlands in their season opener, followed by a 3-0 loss to the Hockeyroos and then a 3-1 defeat against China in their last game.

Having missed out on the 2024 Paris Olympics qualification last month and as a result, losing five matches in a row, the Janneke Schopman-coached side must deliver. Can Savita Punia and Co finally bring an end to the losing streak tonight?

India Squad

Goalkeepers: Savita Punia (C), Bichu Devi Kharibam

Defenders: Gurjit Kaur, Nikki Pradhan, Udita, Ishika Chaudhary, Monika, Jyoti Chhatri

Midfielders: Nisha, Vaishnavi Vitthal Phalke, Neha, Navneet Kaur, Salima Tete, Sonika, Jyoti, Baljeet Kaur, Sunelita Toppo

Forwards: Mumtaz Khan, Beauty Dungdung, Lalremsiami, Sangita Kumari, Deepika, Vandana Katariya (VC), Sharmila Devi

India’s schedule

February 4: Vs The Netherlands at 7.30pm IST in Bhubaneswar

February 7: Vs Australia at 7.30pm IST in Bhubaneswar

February 9: Vs The United States at 7.30pm IST in Bhubaneswar

February 12: Vs China at 7.30pm IST at Rourkela

February 14: Vs The Netherlands at 7.30pm IST at Rourkela

February 17: Vs Australia at 7.30pm IST at Rourkela

February 18: Vs The United States at 7.30pm IST at Rourkela

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