JAKARTA: The Indian women’s hockey team made its first Asian Games final in 20 years, outlasting three-time champions China 1-0 in a fiercely-contested battle here today.
Gurjit Kaur’s strike from a penalty corner in the 52nd minute was the difference between the two sides, in a match that lacked the quality of a high-profile semifinal.
Nonetheless, the erratic show was good enough for India’s first appearance in the final since the 1998 Bangkok Games.
India’s only title at the Asiad came way back in 1982 when women’s hockey made its debut.
India will now face Japan, who upset five-time champions South Korea 2-0 in the other semifinal. (AGENCIES)