Indian women’s hockey team qualifies for quarter-finals for the first time in 41 years at Tokyo 2020

Vandana Katariya's incredible hat-trick powered them to 4-3 win against South Africa which proved to be enough for them to qualify for the quarter-finals, where they will be up against Australia. 

Rohan Gulaty Author

Updated - 31 July 2021 7:23 pm

The Day 8 at Tokyo Olympics proved to be a forgettable day for India as most of country's brightest medal prospects in the form of PV Sindhu, Amit Panghal, Atanu Das and Pooja Rani suffered defeats on Saturday. Although the Indian shuttler still has a chance to clinch the bronze medal, it was not the kind of day that Indian fans were hoping for.

With nothing going against Indian contingent in Tokyo, the fans finally had something to celebrate later in the evening. As Great Britain's women's hockey team secured an emphatic 2-0 win over Ireland, there was ecstasy in the Indian camp. The result ensured that the Women in Blue would progress to the quarter-finals stage as they finished 4th in Pool A.

India bounced back with 2 wins in last 2 matches

Team India had a disappointing start to their campaign as they suffered three consecutive defeats at the hands of Netherlands, Germany and Great Britain. They needed to pull a rabbit out of that in the final two matches and they did that, in style. Navneet Kaur's late goal handed India an crucial 1-0 win over Ireland in their penultimate game of Pool A.

On Saturday, they were set to face South Africa where they needed a positive result. Vandana Katariya's incredible hat-trick powered them to 4-3 win in the end which proved to be enough for them to qualify for the quarter-finals, where they will be up against Australia.

Match 38

Chennai vs Kolkata

Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and elected to bat

Match 39

Bangalore vs Mumbai

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Match 38

Chennai vs Kolkata

Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and elected to bat

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