Gurjeet gave India the lead after a breach from Thailand in the second minute of the match, awarding them a penalty stroke in his defensive third.
Gurjeet, who scored four goals in the Tokyo Olympics, kept his cool and put the ball in the back of the net.
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conceded an early goal put Thailand straight on the back foot, and Vandana KatariaFive minutes later, the only Indian woman player to score a hat-trick at the Olympics, she scored the second goal.
By the end of the first quarter, lilima minzu Another field goal was added in the 14th minute, while Gurjeet and Jyoti scored two more goals from penalty corners in the 14th and 15th minutes to give India a 5-0 lead.
The second quarter started exactly as India kept most of the possession leaving Thailand no room to pose any threat.
Within the first minute of Q2, Rajwinder KaurOn Sunday, the international debutant scored a field goal in the 16th minute, Gurjit scored his third goal in the 24th minute and Lilima scored the second goal in the 24th minute from a penalty corner.
The Indian team destroyed the Thai defense in the 25th minute with another goal at the hands of Gurjit, giving them a massive 9-0 lead at the end of the second quarter.
Coming back from the 10-minute half-time break, India continued to enter the dangerous circle from the left flank. But Thailand dug deep for the first six minutes in the third quarter and defended well.
Jyoti scored another field goal in the 36th minute to extend India’s lead to 10 goals.
A defensive error from Thailand four minutes later gave India another penalty corner, but this time Gurjit’s powerful flick was deflected by the opposition. A well-crafted move from the middle late in the 43rd minute caught Thailand’s defense as Sonika scored her first goal of the match.
saw the fourth quarter Navneet Kaur Threatening Thailand’s defense with penetrating runs from the right. But Thailand’s defensive troops managed to keep the threat out, leaving no further damage to the scoreline.
In the 55th minute, Monica managed to get her stick on a long pass inside the circle as she pulled the ball from behind the nets to score another goal over India’s lead.
Three minutes later, Gurjeet scored his fifth goal of the match from a late penalty corner, adding India’s 13th goal.
This was the first match for the Indian team after finishing in a historic fourth place at the Tokyo Olympics.
In the absence of skipper Rani, who has been rested from the tournament, India were led by experienced goalkeeper Savita.