India showed no mercy as they hammered Kazakhstan 21-0 in the women’s competition at the GBK Hockey Stadium.
It was the biggest margin of victory in the ongoing Asian Games and showed why the Indian team are the favorites for the gold medal. India coach Sjoerd Marijne was naturally pleased with the scoreline.“It was good as the players took their chances well. We have some areas that are still not up to expectations but this will be sorted out before we meet tougher opponents,” said Sjoerd Marijne. “Since we are favorites it was important to play like champions do really the scoreline did not matter as the performance was what I had expected from them.”
India opened the scoring in the 7th minute through Gurjit Kaur. And this was followed up with the second goal through the efforts of Valriamswami in the 9th minute. Neha Goyal made it 3-0 for India and this was followed up with a brace by Navmeet Kaur in the 11th and 12th minutes. Navjot Kaur scored the sixth in the 16th minute before Valriamswami converted a penalty corner in the 19th minute. And India did not take their foot off the pedal, scoring another two goals through Katariya Vandana in the 29th minute and Valriamswami completing her hat trick a minute later for a 9-0 lead at halftime.
Udita scored in the 34th minute to make it 10-0. Gurjit made it 11-0 ( 37th minute) as Vandana (38th), Lilima Minz ( 38th, 45th), Deep Grace Ekka ( 43rd), Gurjit (44th), made it 16-0 at the end of the third quarter. Navmeet made it 17-0 in the 49th minute while Gurjit powered home a penalty corner in the 52nd for the 18th goal. Vandana added another in the 53rd minute while Navjot took the score to 20-0 in the 54th minute. Monika got goal number 21 in the 55th minute for India to register a win that will send shivers down the spine of their opponents.