India defeat Japan to reach women's Asia Cup hockey finals
Kakamigahara: India set their date with China in the final of the 9th women's Asia Cup after beating hosts Japan 4-2 in the semi-final on Friday.
The Indian eves rode on a brace from Gurjit Kaur and field goals from Navjot Kaur and Lalremsiami to advance to a fourth Asia Cup final. India won the title in 2004 and finished runners-up in 1999 and 2009.
Gurjit gave India a perfect start, successfully converting a penalty corner in the seventh minute before Navjot's field goal in the ninth minute made it 2-0 for the tourists.
In the same minute, Gurjit inflated India's lead to 3-0 with a brilliant field goal. But Japan was no pushover. It managed to dominate the Indians in the second quarter and reduced the deficit to 2-3 through field goals from Shiho Tsujii (17') and Yui Ishibashi (28'). The third quarter saw Lalremsiami score her first goal of the tournament to put India ahead 4-2, and the defenders did well to keep the Japanese at bay thereon.