Indian eves hold China to draw

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:05 IST

India’s Jyoti Kullu managed to score two minutes from time to hold China 1-1 in a league match of the Women's Asia Cup Hockey tournament.

New Delhi:

India were saved the agony of losing a game they dominated throughout as Jyoti Kullu managed to score two minutes from time to hold China 1-1 in a league match of the Women's Asia Cup Hockey tournament. The hosts called the shots during the entire 70 minutes of the game but failed to convert the advantage into goals, a fact acknowledged by their coach M K Kaushik. "We could have won today. It was our match," he said while summing up the Pool A encounter. In other matches, defending champion South Korea thrashed Singapore 9-1, Japan drubbed Sri Lanka 21-0 while Malaysia defeated Kazakhstan 2-0. Commonwealth gold medallists India enjoyed over 70 per cent of the ball possession against the Chinese but they faltered every time they entered the rival striking circle. The hosts were also found wanting in penalty corner conversion as they wasted 10 of the 11 chances that came their way. When all seemed lost for the Indians, Kullu managed to deflect a penalty corner hit by Suman Bala, over the diving goalkeeper to at least get one point from the tie. Both India and China now have a win and a draw from two league matches and would have to win their last league encounters on Wednesday with maximum goal margin to top the group. India will play Kazakhstan while China face Malaysia. (PTI)

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