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Indian women hockey team in final of Asian Champions Trophy

Press Trust of India  |  Donghae City (Korea) 

Defending champions today breezed into the summit clash of the women's Asian after edging past 3-2, their third consecutive victory here.

India, who beat 4-1 and 3-1 in their previous matches, qualified for the final with a match in hand in their pool.

They are sitting atop the table with nine points and will next take on hosts in their final pool match on Saturday before Sunday's final.

Gurjit Kaur (17'), (33') and (40') sounded the board for Indian while Nuraini Rashid (36') and Hanis Onn (48') scored for

"We could have made better use of our chances to score today. Though we are happy with the win, we are not very happy about how we played. We will go back to the team hotel and discuss about the mistakes we made and how to improve ahead of the next match against Korea," stated team Sunita said after the match.

The first quarter saw both teams trade penalty corners with opening the account in the very first minute of the match which put on a back-foot.

However, good PC defending saw Malaysia steer clear of an early goal by drag-flicker Gurjit. Malaysia's attempt to score off a PC too was thwarted by the Indian defenders.

India, who had beaten Malaysia 6-0 in the warm-up match ahead of the tournament, made their first breakthrough when Gurjit improvised on Lilima Minz injection to strike the ball past Malaysian

She kept her flick low to find the bottom right corner of the goal fetching a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute.

India though did not look at their attacking best with Malaysia often denting their chances in the circle and kept the pressure on India. Their also came up with impressive saves to keep India from scoring from PCs.

However, the ten-minute half-time break helped India come back with fresh variations to score. High press worked as India scored off a counter attack when a quick-thinking Vandana dispossessed Malaysian attacker inside India's striking circle to score in the 33rd minute.

Soon after, India conceded a when defender caused an infringement while attempting to stop Malaysian attacker from taking a shot on goal. Nuraini broke no sweat in converting the

The following minutes saw India win as many as three PCs but could not make much of it. Meanwhile, a brilliant long pass by to the striking circle was deflected into the goal by young forward from the top of the circle, displaying a perfect one-touch

The goal took India's lead to 3-1 in the 40th minute.

The final quarter saw Malaysia make amends to missed chances as they vied for late goals. Though Hanis did well to score Malaysia's second goal, they could not get an equaliser.

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 14:15 IST