Indian women beat Malaysia 2-0 in hockey series

PTI| Last Updated: Jun 15, 2014, 19:40 PM IST

Kuala Lumpur: The Indian women`s hockey team was on Sunday on course for a clean sweep in the six-match series against Malaysia as it blanked the home side 2-0 in their fifth game here.

The six-match series against Malaysia is a part of the team`s preparations for the Commonwealth Games 2014.

Ritushah Arya (12 minute) and Vandana Kataria (35th) were the goal scorers as the Indians outplayed their opponents to register their fifth win on the trot.

The Indians ran away with the match in the first half itself with Ritushah Arya showing fine form to open scoring in the 12th minute. Just before the half time whistle, Vandana Kataria pierced in a goal to make it 2-0.

The second half did not produce any goal from either side with the Indians displaying strong defensive skills.

"The team is happy with today`s win as we now look forward to take the series with a clean sweep in our favour. Today`s score could have been much better. It was only in the second half that the game went a little slow but the team is confident in putting up a better score on board in the next match," Indian captain Ritu Rani said after the match.

India play their final match of the series on June 17.