Indian eves finish in fifth spot

The Indian women's hockey team secured a 2-1 win over hosts Scotland to finish fifth in the 20th Commonwealth Games here on Friday.

Anupa Barla and Poonam Rani scored two quick field goals in the second half to help their team earn a consolation win. Nikki Kid converted a penalty corner for Scotland.
It was for the second successive Commonwealth Games, the Indian eves failed to win a medal. They were champions in the 2002 edition at Manchester.

The first half was rather tepid with both teams unable to convert chances.

They picked up pace in the second half which saw three goals being scored in the space of four minutes.

In the 52nd minute, Barla slammed her low shot into the net after picking up a deflection in the danger area. Two minutes later, Scotland equalised as Kid hammered the ball to the top left side of the post, giving India custodian not enough time to react.

Soon after, in the 56th minute, an unmarked Rani in the rival D gave India the decisive lead by smashing the ball comfortably past Scotland goalkeeper Amy Gibson.
"Having played Scotland the last time, where they beat us 4-3. It was nice to come here and win this one," said Rani.

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