Prime News, International and National Sports, Hockey, Donghae City (South Korea), May 14:- Navneet Kaur scored a hat-trick as India got off to a rollicking start with a 4-1 win over Japan in their opening match of the 5th Women’s Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament at Donghae City in South Korea on Sunday.
Young forward Navneet scored in the 7th, 25th and 55th minute while Anupa Barla (53rd) got the other goal for India at the Sunrise Stadium here.
The Indian team was dominant right from the start as it displayed well-strategised attack to break the a strong Japanese defence.
India played with speed, kept the ball possession and stayed consistent as they kept up the pressure on Japan. Good defence led by Skipper Sunita Lakra ensured Japan did not find too many chances in the circle.
Though Aki Yamada scored a consolation goal for Japan in the 58th minute, it did little damage to India’s feat.
Navneet was declared woman-of-the match. On May 16, India takes on a formidable China in their second Pool match. -(Inputs: Agencies, NGB)