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India in semis of Jr Women's Asia Cup hockey

July 03, 2012 16:30 IST

India rallied from a goal down to beat Malaysia 2-1 in their final league match and make it to the semi-finals in the sixth Junior Women's Asia Cup Hockey Championship in Bangkok on Tuesday.

India finished second in Group A, behind China.

In a must-win match for India, the teams played out a goalless first half.

Norazlin Sumantri scored for Malaysia within a minute of resumption in the second half, but Anupa Barla (52nd minute) and skipper Ritu Rani, who converted a penalty-corner in the 65th minute, ensured that India reached the next stage.

India will face the winner of Group B -- either Korea or Japan -- in the semi-final, to be played on July 5.

Ten minutes after Malaysia took the lead, India started to dominate the proceedings. Anupa's strike capped a good pass by vice-captain and

Fellow-forward Poonam Rani, while Ritu Rani successfully converted a penalty-corner.

It was India's third victory in four matches. They had beaten Sri Lanka and Singapore in earlier games before losing to China.

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