Indian eves are set to face South Africa in a must-win Group A encounter at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre in a bid to reach the semifinals of the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday.
India have won two and lost one match in this multisport event so far and they are tied with South Africa on points. The Ritu Rani-led outfit defeated Canada in the opening fixture but they went down against New Zealand in the following match.
In their last game against Trinidad and Tobago, the Indians hammered the minnows 14-0 to keep their last-four hopes alive. They will be aiming to continue the winning momentum, but it is going to be a tough task against a side two places above them in the FIH Rankings.
"It's a must win match and the girls are all set to take on the challenge of South Africa," Indian coach Neil Hawgood insisted. "While they are ranked 11th and we are 13th, this will not deter the girls to go out there for the win."
India were completely outplayed by the Black Sticks women a couple of matches back, but the team found their groove against T&T and racked up 14 goals, including three from penalty corners.
"The team has worked on their passes and penalty corner conversions and this was evident in our last outing," Hawgood said.
India are aiming to improve on their fifth-place finish in the the Delhi Games four years ago, and skipper Ritu Rani insisted that the players know what is at stake and they are under no pressure in the do-or-die encounter.
"Tomorrow's match is very important for us as the result will decide our fate in this edition of the Commonwealth Games," Rani said. "The entire team understands this but we are not allowing the pressure of this all important match to overtake us.
"The girls aspire for a win tomorrow and the entire unit will ensure this and enter the semi-final stage."
Indian Squad: Goalkeeper: Savita
Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka, Deepika, Kirandeep Kaur, Namita Toppo and Jaspreet Kaur.
Midfielders: Ritu Rani (c), Sushila Chanu, Lilima Minz, Vandana Katariya and Navjot Kaur.
Forwards: Rani Rampal, Poonam Rani, Ritusha Arya, Anupa Barla and Anuradha Devi.
Where to Watch Live
The match between India and South Africa is set for a 4:00 pm local time (8:30 pm IST) start, with live coverage in India is on Ten Sports and live streaming option HERE and HERE. The action will be available live on CBS Sports in Canada with online streaming option HERE.
BBC will telecast the games live in the United Kingdom, with live streaming option HERE or follow the updates HERE. Network Ten will broadcast the matches live in Australia with an online viewing option HERE. For International viewers, including the United States, the action will be available live on official Commonwealth Games 2014 YouTube channel for free HERE.