Indian women's hockey team began their tour to Malaysia on a winning note after they outplayed hosts 3-0 in the opening game of their five-match series in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.
Striker Vandana Katariya scored twice in the 17th and 60th minute along with Lalremsiami’s conversion in the 38th minute to hand India a comfortable win.
Malaysia started strong with the hosts getting a penalty corner in the third minute of the match, but Indian captain Savita Punia was equal to the task as she fended of the danger of conceding an early goal.
Minutes later, Indian forwards Lalremsiami and Navneet Kaur attempted a shot on goal but both were denied by the watchful Malaysian goalkeeper, Farah Ayuni Yahya.
India finally broke the deadlock in the initial minutes of the second quarter when Katariya scored a fine field goal at the 17th minute.
In the third quarter, the Indian team earned three penalty-corners but all proved to be unfruitful. It was then a field strike by 19-year-old Lalremsiami that doubled India’s lead in the 38th minute.
Dual strike from Vandana coupled with errorless display by the defenders helped India seize a clinical victory as they go 1-0 up in this 5-match series!#IndiaKaGamepic.twitter.com/5riuXMPMdn