CWG 2018: India Women fail to clear the Australian hurdle

The Indians did really surprise the Australians and a sell-out crowd, holding on bravely, before losing to the third quarter 37th minute strike by Grace Stewart in favour of the home side.

India too had its chances at each and every quarter, but none were converted as the side, despite all its good showing, proved that it lacks a confident forward.   -  Getty Images

It was a show worthy of a true champion but India was unable to put it across Australia in the women’s hockey semifinals here on Thursday.

The Indians, who had begun with a surprising loss to Wales but improved with each other outing, did really surprise the Australians and a sell-out crowd, holding on bravely, before losing to a 37th minute strike by Grace Stewart.

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It was a defensive lapse which paved the way for Grace to move ahead and put the ball past Savitha, who otherwise had a good day bringing off several saves as the desperate Australians pressed hard.

India had its chances in every quarter and despite its good showing, the side lacked a confident forward who could speedily get the ball into the rival circle and strike.

In the bronze medal match, India will take on England, which lost to New Zealand 2-1 in a penalty shoot out after a goalless stalemate at full time.