Bhopal, Mar 5: Rani Rampal’s brace helped the Indian Women’s Hockey Team secure a hat-trick of wins at the 5-match series versus Belarus here on Sunday.
India eves beat their counterparts from Belarus 3-1 in a convincing display of hockey. After playing out a goalless first quarter. It was the visitors, who drew the first blood, when their skipper Ryta Batura successfully converted a penalty corner in the 24th minute. At the end of the second quarter Belarus was leading 1-0 as India trailed for the first time in the series.
In the third quarter, Indian women came out all guns blazing. Star forward Rani Rampal scored two field goals within four minutes to put India in the lead. Another goal by Deepika in the 42nd minute helped India take a 3-1 lead at the end of third quarter.
In the final quarter, Indian defenders did enough to prevent the visitors from scoring. After today’s win India take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five match series.
India – 3 (Rani Rampal 35′ & 39′; Deepika 42′) beat Belarus – 1 (Ryta Batura 24′)