Last Updated on Aug 23, 2021 12:44 PM
GBR-W vs IND-W
India have the chance to make it two Olympic hockey medals in two days after a drought of 41 years. After the men fought back to down Germany 5-4 for the bronze, the Indian women will take on Great Britain in their bronze medal match at the Oi Hockey Stadium on Friday.
Having finished last at Rio 2016 after qualifying for the Olympics for the first time since Moscow 1980, the Indian women have turned it around completely at Tokyo 2020 to play for a medal.
Rani Rampal’s side had lost 4-1 to Great Britain in what was its third successive defeat in the group stage. That reversal heralded a run of three wins on the trot, against Ireland and South Africa in group matches and Australia in the quarter-finals.
Against Great Britain, India had hung in but could not convert their chances. They had seven penalty corners against Great Britain’s nine and possession was split 52:48 in favour of the British. India made nine circle penetrations while Britain made 14, and had 12 shots on goal compared to 17 by the British.
India fought in the semis too, going down by a solitary goal to Argentina 2-1. Britain were hammered 5-1 by the Netherlands in the other semi-final.
India will need drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur to be productive with the penalty corners and the defence led by Deep Grace Ekka to not be pegged back deep, like it was by Argentina. There was a phase in the semi-final when India were reduced to chasing the ball in vain as Argentina ran amok, and they will have to guard against that on Friday.
Hannah Martin has scored four goals, the most for Great Britain at the Tokyo Olympics. Vandana Katariya has scored the most for India with three.
Great Britain have made the most substitutions in the event so far at 678 as against India’s 607, the third-most.