Ireland even though ranked 16th in the world are playing at a high level as was seen in their win against USA.
India did well against hosts England leading by a goal till the 4th Q before England equalised.
Even though India is ranked 10th, it's still on paper quite an evenly matched set of teams
We are back at the Hockey World Cup and it's a crucial game for the Indian Women.
It's India Vs Ireland.
India has one point after that draw with England
Ireland is on three points after upsetting the higher ranked USA.
Hello and welcome to Firstpost's coverage of the women's hockey World Cup. In the 2nd match of the day, India take on Ireland.
Preview: A golden opportunity to claim an upset win lost, the Indian women's hockey team would be aiming to make amends when it takes on a lower-ranked Ireland in its second game of the World Cup on Thursday.
India had a bright chance to score an upset win against World No 2 England in their Pool B opener on 21 July but settled for a 1-1 draw.
The Indians only had themselves to blame as despite leading the English girls for 54 minutes, they conceded a late goal to share the points.
Rani Rampal looking to enforce an equaliser. Image courtesy: Twitter @TheHockeyIndia
World No 10 India will fancy their chances against World No 16 Ireland, but it would be a serious mistake by the Sjoerd Marijne-coached side if they take the Irish lightly.
By virtue of their stunning 3-1 stunning over World No 7 USA, the lowest ranked side in the group, Ireland are currently leading Pool B just ahead of England and India.
And a win on Thursday would secure Ireland's place in the knock-out stage of the tournament.
The Indians, on the other hand, would be desperate to score their first win in the tournament today.
But it would be easier said than done as they will be up against an Irish side which has the capability of springing surprises.
India lost 1-2 to Ireland in the HWL Semi-finals in Johannesburg last year and revenge would be high on the Rani Rampal-led side's agenda when it takes the turf.
The Indian coaching staff and senior players like goalkeeper Savita feel that defeat was history and they have the firepower to beat Ireland.
"We have done well against Ireland in practice matches in the past," she said.
"In the match last year, we were leading and should have won for sure but conceding two penalty corners one after another proved costly. We have a strong defence and play an attacking brand of hockey, this is a potent combination and makes us strong as a side," she asserted.
But the Indians will have to lift their game by few notches for that to happen. Against England, they failed to earn a single penalty corner, leaving dragflicker Gurjit Kaur frustrated.
However, goalkeeper Savita was brilliant under the bar to deny England on numerous occasion.
The Indians did create more chances from open play against England and that counted as a positive for chief coach Marijne going into Thursday's game.
A win will take India to the top of the pool and brighten its knock-out chances ahead of its last fixture against USA on 29 July.
In the other match of the day, Spain will take on South Africa in Pool C.