Deepika India women's hockey team
Deepika has been a key member of the impressive Indian backline.Jack Thomas/Getty Images

Asian champions India take on giant-killers Ireland in the third quarter-final of Women's World Cup 2018 at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Center in London on Thursday, August 2.

When does the match start and how to watch it live

The quarter-final match will start at 6 pm local time, 10:30 pm IST and 5 pm GMT.

Star Sports 2 and Star Sports 2 HD will provide live television coverage of the match in India. The live stream will be made available on Hotstar.

Can India create history today?

Rani Rampal's women are bidding to become the first Indian team in 44 years to reach the last-four round of Hockey Women's World Cup. The Asian giants had made it to the semi-final for the first and only time in 1974 in France and finished an impressive fourth.

Sjoerd Marijne's side scraped through to the knockout stage of the ongoing tournament without having won a match in the four-team pool stages. A 1-1 draw against reigning Olympic champions England in their tournament opener became crucial as India went down against Ireland and failed to beat the USA in the group stages.

India scored only two goals but defensive discipline helped them make it to the knockout stage and set up a play-off match against lower-ranked Italy.

The continental champions stepped up and delivered big in the crossover tie as they found the back of the net thrice even as impressive Indian shot-stopper Savita kept a clean sheet.

Savita India hockey goalkeeper
India goalkeeper Savita has been on top of her game in London.Getty Images

Rani was concerned about the lack of scoring opportunities in the group stages but the strong showing against Italy has instilled belief in the Indian captain.

"Early in the tournament, we didn't do the one thing we needed to do – score goals. But we have found the net now and we can definitely push on with our journey. We do not see that journey ending tomorrow," Rani said.

India were woeful with their penalty corner conversion rate in the group stage but Neha Goyal and Vandana Katariya converted twice in their 3-0 win over Italy.

The 10th-ranked side needs to take its chances against Ireland, who have punched above their weight so far in the tournament. India will be hoping for revenge against the Irish women, who are heading into the match on the back of a 1-0 defeat to England in their final pool game.

Global TV guide: Women's Hockey World Cup 2018

UK: TV - BT Sport 1; Live stream - BT Sport Live