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.