India one step closer to semis

Surinder-led side hold China to a 1-1 draw after Anjum nets equaliser


India now need just a draw against Malaysia in their last group match on Wednesday to make it to the last four stage.

It was the Chinese who took the lead with Liao Jia Hui putting her side ahead in the 18th minute from the first penalty corner they earned.
But Saba Anjum scored the equaliser for India in the 45th minute, converting a short corner to settle for an honourable draw. India are yet to lose a match in the tournament and have routed Singapore and Thailand 13-0 and 15-0 respectively in their first two group matches.

With identical two wins and a draw, both India and China have seven points each though Malaysia still have a chance of entering the semifinals.
On an overcast day, the Indian eves made their intentions clear from the beginning and displayed aggressive style of hockey that forced the Chinese on the back foot.
But some wayward shooting by the forwards led India down. The attacking duo of Jasjeet Kaur and Rani Ramphal were off-colour with the former missing two open chances.

The Chinese scored from a penalty corner variation in the 18th minute with captain Ma Yibo and Sun Zeng combining well to set it up for Hui, who coolly swept the ball to the right of Indian goalkeeper Deepika Murthy to go into the breather with a 1-0 lead. The change of ends seemed to have worked wonders for the Indians as 10 minutes into the second half Anjum drew parity through a penalty corner variation.

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