A gritty show by the Indian women’s hockey team saw them hold the reigning Olympic champions Great Britain to a goalless draw in their third tour game in England on Tuesday.
Having seen their opponent’s attacking prowess in the previous game, the Indians chose to begin on a cautious note as they let the hosts enjoy the majority of the possession in the opening exchanges. While their defence held strong, the attackers relied on counters to try and punish the home side.
One such move helped them extract a penalty corner at the end of the opening quarter. But it came to no avail as the opening period finished scoreless.
The Indians forced another short corner ahead of the half-time hooter but still could not find a way past the Olympic champions by the half way point.
The second half too followed a similar pattern, with India goalkeeper Savita proving an impenetrable barrier for the GB attack.
The next two matches of the tour will be played on Wednesday (October 2) and Friday (October 4) with the Indians eager to tweak their attacking options in the two matches before returning home to play the United States of America in the FIH Olympic Qualifiers in November.