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Vandana's brace guides India to 3-1 win over China in women's ACT

Press Trust of India  |  Donghae City (South Korea) 

Vandana struck a as defending champions stunned higher-ranked 3-1 to continue their winning march at the fifth Asian women's tournament here today.

Experienced forward Vandana sounded in the 4th and 11th minutes to hand her side a formidable lead early on before converted a penalty corner in the 51st minute to seal the victory.

China's lone goal came from the stick of in the 15th minute at the

By virtue of this win, are sitting pretty atop the standings with two victories from as many games.

had earlier defeated 4-1 in their tournament opener.

India will next play in their next round-robin match tomorrow. The Malaysians got the better of 3-2 in another encounter today.

The tournament also marks the comeback of as the chief coach of the women's side after being at the helm of the men's team for little over seven months

The 10th ranked Indians were on the attack right from the start.

It was impeccable team work between Lilima Minz, and Vandana that gave India the early lead.

India's second goal came off Udita's clever assist to Vandana, who smashed it past the Chinese

Surprised by India early on, world no. 8 pulled one back in the dying stages of the first quarter through Dan's well-struck field goal.

Credit should also go to Indian Savita, who came up with brilliant saves to deny the Chinese from four back-to-back penalty corners.

In the second quarter, India managed to carry on the momentum and showed excellent defensive skills to keep at bay.

once again came to India's rescue when she denied the Chinese from their fifth penalty corner in the third quarter.

India came out with attacking intent in the fourth and final quarter and it paid dividend when Gurjit scored from a set piece with a low, grounded flick to make the scoreline 3-1.

Trailing by two goals, the Chinese went all out attacking in the remaining minutes of the game and in the process also earned another penalty corner but goals eluded them as the Indian defence stood tall.

"It was important to hold our defence against a dangerous Chinese team who have the ability to comeback into the game at any point," said Vandana, who was awarded player-of-the-match for her double-goal effort.

"Our aim today was to start well and get early lead to put pressure on them and it worked. It was a complete team effort.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 17:20 IST