Commonwealth Games 2022: Indian Women’s Hockey Team claim Bronze Medal at with win over New Zealand

India women hockey team wins bronze after beating New Zealand in penalty shoot outs in Commonwealth Games 2022 on Sunday. Image Courtesy: Hockey India

Xtra Time Web Desk: The Indian Women’s Hockey Team claimed the Bronze Medal in the Commonwealth Games 2022 with a 1-1 (2-1 SO) superb win over New Zealand in Birmingham. In the regulation time, Salima Tete (29′) scored the winning goal for India, only for Olivia Merry (60′) to score a late goal for New Zealand and push the match to a Shoot-Out. Savita made three sensational saves in the Shoot-Out, while Sonika and Navneet Kaur struck past Kiwi goalkeeper Grace O’Hanlon as India pulled off a thrilling win. With the Bronze medal win, Indian Women’s Hockey Team ended their 16-year wait for a medal at the Commonwealth Games.

Salima Tete gave India the lead in second quarter as she found the back of the nets with a reverse hit as India entered halftime with a 1-0 lead. Olivia Merry scored from a penalty stroke in the final seconds of the regulation time to push the match to a Shoot-Out.

Megan Hull scored from New Zealand’s first attempt in the Shoot-Out, while Sangita Kumari missed India’s first attempt. Savita pulled off a great save as she denied Ralph Hope. Sonika levelled the score line at the Shoot-out as she struck past Grace O’Hanlon. Rose Tynan struck the side netting, but Navneet Kaur struck past Grace as India took a 2-1 lead in the Shoot-Out. With Katie Doar and Olivia Shannon missing for the Kiwis, India went on to the win the match in thrilling fashion to claim the Bronze medal.