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Indian women finish 7th in Hawke’s Bay Cup

hockey_getty1504Hastings: The Indian women’s hockey team defeated Japan 3-2 in the seventh-eighth position classification match to secure the seventh spot in the Hawke’s Bay Cup tournament on Sunday.

It was the team’s second consecutive win against Japan, after beating them in a bronze medal match at the 17th Asian Games last year. India overturned a 0-2 goal deficit to clinch the victory on Sunday.

Japan were quicker off the mark and took the lead after only four minutes through a field goal by Mie Nakashima and went into the first quarter with a 1-0 lead.

Yukari Yamamoto converted a penalty corner in the second quarter to double Japan’s advantage but India reduced the margin in the 28th minute through Sushila Pukhrambam.

But Japan maintained their ascendancy to lead 2-1 at half time. India continued to apply pressure in the third quarter but had to wait till the fourth quarter to restore parity.

Deepika levelled the scores six minutes from time through a field goal and Rani secured victory three minutes later with a opportunistic strike.