Baranovichi: Mumtaz Khan scored the only goal of India, as the junior women's hockey team went 1-4 on Wednesday ahead of 1-4 for the Belarus senior team.
Despite the score, the juniors from India held Belarus for long periods of the competition and tested their defense constantly.
Belarus led the series with 2-1.
The Belarusian team started the kick-off at a very fast pace and won the first penalty kick of the match within minutes of the horn.
Ryta Batura converted the subsequent attempt to lead Belarus. India got some ball possession and created some chances, but Belarus hit back quickly and the goal of Dziyana Khmylova extended their lead. The hosts started the break with two goals.
India took the initiative in the second quarter and immediately won a PC and dragged it wide.
In the course of the period, the teams exchanged PC attempts, but neither could find the breakthrough.
Finally, at the end of the quarter, Mumtaz converted a PC to pull India into one goal. The teams went into half-time, India trailed 2-1.
In a tightly contested third quarter, both parties did not want to give up a cent. The period was dominated by many exchanges in the midfield and despite the fact that India attacked regularly, they created no clear chances of conversion.
In a hectic last quarter, the two teams exchanged PCs right from the start, not being able to both turn the scoreboard or put them in trouble.
It was finally the PC conversion of Krestsina Papkova – who scored the third goal – that gave them breathing space.
India had some chances late in the game, but failed to convert to reduce the deficit.
In the final minute of the game, Natalia Shitin scored a fourth to complete the victory of Belarus.
The Indian junior team will play the senior team from Belarus on 14 June.
. (tagsToTranslate) Belarus (T) Hockey India (T) India Women