Rani to lead Indian eves in HWL semis

Rani Rampal will lead the 18-member Indian women's hockey squad in Hockey World League semi final

Both Indian goals were scored by Ramandeep Singh, who later was guilty of missing a last-minute sitter as he tapped a ball out from the goalmouth. It was hard-fought encounter as both the teams played with great intensity. Tengku Tajuddin doubled Malaysia's lead in the 20th minute with another splendid PC, choosing to fire the ball to the top corner giving no chance for Vikas Dahiya to stop it. India have only themselves to blame for this defeat.

"While our first aim is to do well in the pool stage and do well against opponents like South Africa and Argentina, our big aim at the tournament is to qualify for the World Cup next year", Chief Coach Sjoerd Marijne said.

Barring Ramandeep and Akshdeep, no other striker could excel and the duo would look for more support from the likes of Mandeep Singh, Talwinder Singh and SV Sunil.

The Netherlands were in impressive form as they followed Argentina and Malaysia into the semi-finals by thrashing China 7-0. Argentina had earlier in the day defeated Pakistan in the first quarterfinal match.


A win will ensure India's place in the fifth-sixth place play-off match scheduled for Sunday. A minute later, Malaysia doubled their lead as Tengku neatly deflected in from their fourth penalty corner.

Malaysia's Razie Rahim scored all three goals for their team, while the two Indian goals were scored by Ramandeep Singh.

But if host India finishes in the top five at HWL and wins the 10th Asia Cup this year, another two spots will be offered to the next best placed teams, while if the top 10 finishers at HWL are also continental champions, more places would be available for HWL teams. After the change of ends, the Indians continued to dominate the proceedings and earned two penalty corners in quick succession but Harmanpreet Singh failed to deliver once again. While the Indians played attacking hockey, the Malaysians preferred to sit back and defend and bank on counter-attacks.

Malaysia started out strong as they raked in their first goal at the third minute when Siti Noor Amarina Ruhani converted a penalty corner.

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