BIRMINGHAM: Vandana Kataria scored a brace as Indian women’s hockey team beat Wales 3-1 to record their second straight Pool A win at the Commonwealth Games here.
India scored all three from the penalty spot with Vandana finding the net twice, while Gurjit Kaur fired in a fierce whiplash on Saturday.
The Indians were the much better team exposed as they controlled the game from start to finish except for a few phases.
Converting penalty corners continued to be a concern for India, who used three of the seven they won in the game.
Wales, meanwhile, used the only chance they had in the match with Xenna Hughes on target.
The Indians attacked the citadel of Wales continuously from all over the world, but they failed to find the finishing touch of the moves.
Wales goalkeeper Roseanne Thomas played a superb game and without her the score could have been much more in favor of India.
The Indians dominated in terms of ball possession and attacking play, but their efforts yielded no results in the first quarter.
India were awarded their first corner in the second minute of the match but Monika’s try was saved by Welsh goalkeeper Thomas.
In the 13th minute, Lalremsiami’s fierce shot from the top of the circle is stopped by Thomas.
India kept up the pressure and continued to attack which resulted in another penalty corner in the 26th minute and this time they succeeded as Vandana neatly deflected Gurjit’s kick.
Two minutes later India were awarded another penalty corner and Gurjit netted with a powerful low kick to the right of Wales keeper Thomas.
The Indians continued their attacking display after the change of sides.
India were awarded another penalty corner and they opted for a variation, but Deep Grace’s slap shot was easily cleared by Thomas.
Within a minute, an alert Thomas made a fine save to deny Vandana’s fierce kick inside the circle.
In the 44th minute, Navneet Kaur put it down for Sharmila Devi but the latter’s backhand shot from close range was cleared by the alert Thomas in the Wales goal.
Wales got their only chance of the game in the form of a penalty corner 13 seconds into the third quarter and Hughes found the back of the Indian net after deflecting Grace’s foot.
In the 47th minute India were awarded their sixth penalty corner but Gurjit’s sweeping shot was saved by Thomas.
A few minutes later, India were awarded another penalty corner and this time Monika’s powerful slap shot was deflected by Vandana to give India a 3-1 lead, which they managed to hold. intact to claim her second victory in the competition.
India will next face England on August 2.