Tokyo Olympics 2020: After a lot of determined shows the Indian women's hockey team beat South Africa 4-3 in their final Pool A game here at the Oi Hockey Stadium South Pitch on Saturday. After this win, India's hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals remain intact. In their five Group Stage matches, India won two and lost three. Indias' fate will now depend on Ireland's game against Great Britain.
The blue in jersey gained a 1-0 lead in the first quarter as Vandana Katariya got her name on the scoring sheet. In the dying minutes of the first quarter, South Africa got the equalizer as Tarryn Glasby scored a goal, bringing the scoreline to 1-1 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, it was once again Katariya who scored the goal for India, and Rampal's side gained a 2-1 lead. However, just like the first quarter, South Africa registered the equalizer in the final moments of the second quarter as Erin Hunter scored the goal.
After a lot of struggle, India restored its lead in the third quarter as Neha scored the goal. Discouraging the Indians, South Africa managed to get the equalizer once more as Glasby scored her second goal of the match. At the end of the third quarter, the scoreline showed 3-3. Katariya was once again the MVP as she enrolled her third goal of the match in the fourth quarter, giving India a 4-3 lead with 11 minutes still left to play. In the end, India managed to hang on and the side registered a 4-3 win with Katariya stealing the show with her hattrick.