Pro League (W): Netherlands beat India in shootout

India collected one point from the match to remain on second spot in the standings. Hockey India

The Indian women's hockey team suffered a 1-3 loss to Netherlands' second string side in the shootout after both teams were locked 1-1 in the regulation time in the second match of their FIH Pro League tie on Saturday.

Rajwinder Kaur scored in the first minute of the match and the Dutch side, playing here without any player who have won gold in the Tokyo Olympics last year, equalised in the 53rd minute through captain Jansen Yibbi to take the match to the shootout.

Jansen was the most experienced player of the Dutch side with 24 caps before Saturday's match. Only four other Dutch players have played more than 10 international matches. Captain and goalkeeper Savita was the most experienced Indian with 223 caps.

India, who are also without three key players in Lalremsiami, Salima Tete and Sharmila Devi from the historic fourth-place finish in the Tokyo Olympics, had won the first match 2-1 on Friday. That win was the first against the Netherlands in over a decade.

India collected one point from the match to remain on second spot in the standings, while the Netherlands also retained their top position. The Dutch now have 19 points from eight matches, while India have 16 points, also from eight matches.

Only Navneet Kaur scored for India in the shootout while Rajwinder, Neha and Jyoti missed the target. For the Dutch side, Barentsen Marente, Fortuin Kyra and Jansen sounded the board, while Morgenstern Fiona missed the target in the shootout.

After beating Netherlands 2-1 on Friday in a creditable performance, India were outperformed by the Dutch players after taking a quick lead in the 34th second on the clock.

India got two penalty corners as soon as the match started and Rajwinder found the target with a deflection from the second. But after that it was their opponents who dictated the terms with more ball possession and circle penetration. India lacked direction and creativity and lost possession too often.

Just like in the first match, the Indian defence was rock solid till it conceded the equaliser in the fourth quarter, seven minutes from regulation time after incessant attack from the Dutch.

The Netherlands got as many as six penalty corners in quick succession. They scored from the sixth one with Jansen sending a high shot past Savita into the goal.

India will travel to Belgium for their next matches on June 11 and 12.