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India in pole position

26 July 2002

India took control of Pool 2 following a 1-0 win against Canada, which was more comfortable than the score line would suggest.


Belle Vue saw some great hockey action on day one

India now enter the second round of matches on Sunday ahead of New Zealand and England, who drew 2-2 earlier on Friday.

India passed more fluidly throughout the game and controlled the pace of the match for long periods.

Sangai Maimom and Pritam Siwach effortlessly linked up in the opponents’ half, while Mamta Kharab and Jyoti Kullu at times bemused the Canadian players with their close ball control.

The first half finished scoreless, but individual errors crept into Canada’s play from early in the second period, inviting continued Indian pressure.

After a series of penalty corners, Suman Bala Saini (IND) was rewarded in the 44th minute when she converted with the assistance of the inside of the bar.

India almost doubled their lead within a minute of the goal restart, as Kharab found room inside the area to crash a reverse stick shot toward goal. However Canada’s goalkeeper, Amy Agulay, responded smartly with a reflex save to her left.

Canada’s chances were largely restricted to seven penalty corners, with Stephanie Hume’s 20th-minute dribble and their only half-chance carved from open play.

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