Indian women's hockey team clinches FIH Series Finals, beats Japan 3-1

India's Gurjit Kaur (in blue) in action against U.S. during the 2018 World Cup in London. EPA/SEAN DEMPSEY

India clinched the women's FIH Series Finals hockey tournament in Hiroshima by beating hosts Japan 3-1 in the final on Sunday.

The Indian women eked out a hard-fought win over the Asian champions at the Hiroshima Hockey Stadium. Captain Rani Rampal gave India the lead in the 3rd minute before drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur struck twice (45th and 60th minutes) late in the match to set up the win.

Kanon Mori scored the lone goal for Japan in the 11th minute. The Indian women's team had already secured its place in the final round of the 2020 Olympics qualifiers after entering the final of this tournament by defeating Chile 4-2 in the semi-finals.