Indian eves wasted chances galore as they were held to a 1-1 draw by higher-ranked USA in their second match of the Four-nation hockey tournament played in Auckland on Friday.
Ranked three places below USA (10th) in the FIH rankings, India were the better side on display for most part of the match, but were undone by poor ball control and finishing.
Poor penalty corner conversions also did not help India's cause as they wasted as many as four set pieces at the Harbour Hockey Stadium.
Deepika gave India the lead in the 27th minute but Katie O'Donnell (66th) spoilt their party by scoring the equaliser for USA just four minutes from the hooter.
India will next play Australia on Sunday in their last round-robin league match in the first phase of the tournament.
The Indians had earlier lost to New Zealand 1-2 in their tournament opener on Thursday.