The Indian women’s team put up a spirited performance to carry world No.2 Argentina to a 1-1 draw and end its tour of the country on a high.
Skipper Rani struck for India within the 35th minute while Emilia Forcherio scored for the house team through a penalty stroke on Sunday.
This was India’s fourth scheduled match against the side after the third match to be played on Saturday was abandoned thanks to incessant rains.
Earlier within the tour, India had drawn 2-2, 1-1 against the Argentina junior team and lost 1-2, 2-3 to Argentina ‘B’ team.
Against the Argentina senior side, India lost 2-3 and 0-2 within the first and second matches respectively.
The Indians played with an intent to secure the elusive win against Argentina in their last match of the tour.
But the experienced home team continued to showcase a dominant performance, getting off the blocks within the half-moon with a well-structured attack.
The early pressure on India’s defence line worked for Argentina as they earned two penalty corners within three minutes of the primary quarter.
But India goalkeeper Savita was upto the mark and made brilliant saves to deny the hosts.
India found an honest opportunity to attain within the 11th minute once they were awarded a penalty corner, but couldn’t execute it.
Three minutes into the second quarter, Rani found yet one more opportunity to attain when experienced forward Vandana Katariya assisted her but a valiant Argentine defence held strong, covering every inch within the striking circle.
In the following minutes, Argentina won two penalty corners within the 23rd and 24th minutes but Savita stood sort of a rock ahead of the goal.
Skipper Rani finally found the proper opportunity to attain when India made an aggressive start to the third quarter.
It was Vandana again who found Rani poised ahead of the goal and fed her the ball from the proper flank.