History beckons the Indian women's hockey team as it eyes a maiden final berth in the FIH Junior World Cup but a stern test awaits it in the form of three-time champion, the Netherlands in the semifinal on Sunday.

India's best performance in the tournament so far is a bronze medal finish in the 2013 edition of the event in Monchengladbach, Germany.

Unbeaten so far in the tournament, the Indians have exceeded expectations in the event, beating Wales 5-1, upsetting Germany (2-1), Malaysia (4-0) and Korea (3-0).

It was a cohesive effort from the Indians in the tournament so far with all the departments clicking for the Salima Tete-led side.

"We came into this tournament with great determination to win every match we play. As a team, we know we will be able to achieve results if we focus on ourselves, execute the plans we have for our opponents," Tete said.

"For tomorrow's match too, we will be more focused on what we can do as a team."

India's forwardline has shone bright with the strikers scoring as many as 12 goals so far and conceded just two.

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Young striker Mumtaz Khan has been the cynosure of all eyes, scoring six goals, including a hat-trick, while Lalremsiami, Lalrindiki and Sharmila Devi complementing her brilliantly.

The presence of three Tokyo Olympians in skipper Tete, Lalremsiami and Sharmila has worked wonders for the Indians in the tournament in terms of their performance.

Credit must also go to the Indian midfield which played an instrumental role in creating numerous scoring opportunities for the side.

While one expects the forwardline and midfield to contribute, it is the team's backline led by goalkeeper Bichu Devi Karibam that stood out so far.

Young Bichu, who recently made her senior team debut in the FIH Pro League, has been a revelation under the bar for India, denying the opposition with breath-taking saves on numerous occasions.

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But besides her performance, it is Bichu's enigmatic celebrations after every save that caught the attention of all.

Having said that, it won't be easy against the Dutch as, besides being three-time champions, they had finished runners-up in the last edition of the event in Satiago, Chine and they would be eager to win the tournament this time.

Just like India, Netherlands too finished its pool engagements on top with three wins from as many games and then got the better of South Africa 5-0 in the quarterfinals.

But in in-form India, the Dutch girls are bound to face their first real test in the competition.

"The exposure we have gained in these past years will be important when we play a team like Netherlands who are extremely good," Tete said.

"There will not be any room for mistakes and it's great that most of the players got an opportunity to play for the Senior side in the Hockey Pro League so they are now better equipped to handle pressure in tense situations."

In the other semifinal, Germany and England will square off against each other.