Australia eves thrash India eves 6-1

Australia demolished Indian Women’s hockey team 6-1 in a Group B encounter at the Rio Olympics.

Australia celebrates its opening goal against India.   -  Reuters

Indian women’s hockey team dished out a disappointing performance to suffer a 1-6 thrashing at the hands of a rampaging Australia in its third fixture at the Rio Olympics here today.

The Indians, who were playing in the Olympics after a gap of 36 years, were simply outplayed by the higher-ranked Australians who exposed the defensive frailties of its opponents with a comprehensive win in a lop-sided match.

Jodie Kenny struck twice (43rd and 46th minute) while Kathryn Slattery (5th), Georgina Morgan (9th), Jane Claxton (35th), Georgina Parker (36th) scored once each to route the Indians.

For India, Thokchom Anuradha scored the lone goal with just 8.3 seconds left on the clock.

The Australians, who were the 2014 World Cup losing finalists, laid seize of the Indian 25-yard with waves of attacking runs and forced seven penalty corners from which they scored four times.

India, on the other hand, got just one penalty corner which it failed to convert. It could barely string a goal-bound attack in the whole match as it suffered defeat in its second consecutive match.

The Indian forwards could not make any opening and Rani Rampal was fielded for very less time. The margin of loss would have been bigger for India had goalkeeper Savita Punia not come up with some fine saves in the match.

With today’s loss, India is at the bottom of Pool B with just one point which it earned from the drawn match against Japan in its opening match. It had lost 3-0 to Great Britain in its previous match.

India has two matches to play in the six-team Pool B — against higher ranked Argentina and United States. Only the top four finishers will advance to the quarterfinals.