India registered a 5-1 win over South Africa on Monday in the first game of the four-match series in Cape Town.
For India, Rani Rampal (12’), Monika (20’), Navneet Kaur (24’), Gurjit Kaur (25’) and Sangita Kumari (30’) scored, while South Africa found the back of the net through Captain Quanita Bobbs (44’).
Midfielder Vaishnavi Vitthal Phalke took to the pitch as a senior for the first time as she was selected to start against South Africa in this game. It marked a momentous occasion for the young player who led the junior Indian team at the Uniphar U23 5 Nations Tournament 2022 in May.
India got into their passing rhythm quickly and pushed South Africa back into their own half early on in the quarter. India took the lead through Rani (12’) who expertly converted a penalty corner to make it 1-0 in favour of the visitors. The first quarter came to a close soon after as India went into the first interval with a slender lead.
India started the next quarter at a high tempo as they were dominating possession and carving out chances at will. They scored four more goals in quick succession as Monika (20’) started India’s blitz. Navneet Kaur (24’) made it 3-0…