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Highlights, India vs England, Women's Hockey World Cup 2018: Rani Rampal and Co start tournament with draw

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Highlights, India vs England, Women's Hockey World Cup 2018: Rani Rampal and Co start tournament with draw

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July 21, 2018 - 20:04 (IST)

That's it from the India vs England Match at the 2018 World Cup.

India and England have played a 1-1 draw.

England 9 PCs

India 0 PCs

Score: 1-1.

July 21, 2018 - 20:03 (IST)

After the excitement dies down and the coach has spoken to the team, the team would be happy with the one point.

Now they have a chance to carry forward the momentum against Ireland after four days of rest.

An exciting match and a deserved 1-1 result for both the teams.

July 21, 2018 - 20:01 (IST)

Sjoerd Marijne would be a mixture of happiness and disappointment.

India defended well in the 3rd Q. But could have shown a bit more aggression in the last 5-6 minutes when England were looking out for an Indian counter.

The area of worry would be not getting any PC's.

July 21, 2018 - 19:59 (IST)

India have held the Olympic Champions 1-1. But it's a match in which they could have taken three points.

If England attacked in waves, India defended cleanly and stoutly.

July 21, 2018 - 19:58 (IST)

And that's 1-1. Match over. England and India share points.

July 21, 2018 - 19:57 (IST)

India still giving away possession. Seconds on the clock now.

It's 1-1.

July 21, 2018 - 19:56 (IST)

India giving away too many turn-overs. Any one of them could be dangerous.

And Navneet gets a yellow card. India down to ten.

July 21, 2018 - 19:54 (IST)

With just four minutes left, it's 1-1.

At this stage, defending will not do for India.

They have to scare England with a few counters.

July 21, 2018 - 19:53 (IST)

England bring back the goalkeeper.

It's ball rotation now but India better be careful.

They need to defend and attack and can't give space to England.

July 21, 2018 - 19:52 (IST)

Lily Owsley gets the goal. Error from Deepika as she takes too long to clear and England snatch it away.

It's 1-1 and the match is wide open.

Preview: The mood among the Indian women's hockey team is upbeat as they are set to take on hosts England in their opening match of the World Cup on Saturday.

India, grouped in Pool B, will take on World No 16 Ireland on 26 July followed by World No 7 USA on 29 July apart from facing the Olympic Champions England in their home ground on the opening day of the prestigious tournament.

"The pressure will be on England and not on us," asserted Indian Team skipper Rani on the eve of the match.

"Yes they will have the home ground advantage but we are not new to playing in front of big crowds. We have done well against England before and we will carry the confidence of doing well in our recent tournaments including the CWG where we had tasted victory against England in the Group Stage in Gold Coast.

"We will go into the match with the belief that we can beat them. We just need to make sure we don't make silly mistakes like we did in the Bronze Medal match at the CWG which cost us the game," Rani added.

India's previous appearance at the FIH World Cup was in 2010 when the event was held in Argentina.

Rani then was the cynosure of India's ninth-place performance as she had scored a maximum of seven goals for the team during the course of the tournament.

While there will be a lot riding on Rani during the World Cup 2018 too, she has a unit that has shown confidence-inspiring performance over the past two years where India even climbed to a career-best ranking of World No 10.

After having arrived in London a week prior to the start of the tournament, the Indian Team has had good training sessions at the event venue Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Stadium including two practice matches against Australia and Belgium.

"We have had good match practice against two of the top teams in the World. The team is upbeat and excited ahead of the first match and right now, our only focus is to do well against England. We have played the USA and Ireland too in the past and have a specific game plan against them. But for now, our focus is on the first match," Rani said.

With inputs from IANS

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