India women’s team beat New Zealand 2-1 in the hockey shootout to win a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games 2022 after the match ended 1-1 in full time. 

The game took place at the University of Birmingham Hockey and Squash Centre, where the No 9 ranked India faced NZ after relatively smooth sailing in the initial stages of the tournament until they lost to Australia in the controversial penalties in the semis. 

New Zealand, ranked No 8, had lost to England in the semis and faced India for the bronze.

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The Indian team went forward in the match via a Salima Tete goal in Quarter 2. Although NZ reviewed the decision, the goal stood. It was only in the fourth quarter that NZ managed to equalize with only 17 seconds left on the clock, when Olivia Merry scored past India’s Savita Punia. The fourth quarter ended with the scores level, leaving it to the shootout to decide the winner.

In the intense shootout, despite being behind by 0-1, the Indian women’s team staged a dramatic comeback in order to secure bronze.

Hockey India posted a video of India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, who spoke to the team after their bronze win at the CWG. Check out the video here:

There are a number of other Indian athletes who have a chance of bagging medals today. The Indian women’s cricket team is set to take on their Australian counterparts in the finals of their event. India defeated England in the semi-finals on the back of a 32-ball 61 by Smriti Mandhana and a 31-ball 44 by Jemimah Rodrigues.

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Dipika Pallikal/Saurav Ghosal will also compete for bronze in the squash mixed doubles match. Sreeja Akula will compete in the women’s singles bronze medal match in table tennis while Achanta Sharath Kamal/G Sathiyan will be vying for gold in the men’s doubles gold medal match.