Bhopal, March 9: India’s women hockey team on Wednesday registered a comprehensive win against Belarus in the five-Test Series. Notably, India defeated Belarus by 3-1 to make a clean sweep of the five-match Test series in Bhopal. Vandana Katariya (6th min), Gurjit Kaur (15th) and Rani (55th) sounded the board for India, while Yuliya Mikheichyk (52nd) scored the solitary goal for Belarus.
Captained by striker Rani, the Indian women were quick to get off the blocks as Vandana scored a stunning field goal in the 6th minute of the match. The first quarter went on to be an eventful one for the Indian team, as Gurjit Kaur successfully converted a PC in the 15th minute to take her side 2-0 up against Belarus.
Though the two teams showcased good defensive structure in the following two-quarters, the visitors found a breakthrough in the 52nd minute when Yuliya successfully converted a Penalty Corner. However, the Indian defence held strong thereafter and even converted a PC through skipper Rani in the 55th minute to eventually seal the match in favour of India.
However, the warm-up tournament is being played ahead of their Hockey World League Round 2 event in Canada in April. Importantly, India won the first four matches by 3-1, 5-1, 2-1, 3-1 respectively. Interestingly, these win over Belarus will boost the confidence level of team and will let Indian players give their best in upcoming Hockey World League.