Indian athletes clinched as many as eight gold medals on the penultimate day of the 21 Commonwealth Games (CWG) being held in Gold Coast in Australia. India's captain Rani Rampal said they did not expect to lose in such a manner. Three in boxing, one in shooting, two in wrestling, while the paddlers and the track-and-field contingent picked up one each on a truly productive day for the country, which also pocketed five silver and four bronze medal.
Navneet Kaur earned India's first penalty corner in the eighth minute.
The freak injury forced Vandana out of the field.
India had won silver medals in the previous two editions, ending runners-up to Australia on both occasions.
"We came here for a medal, but we didn't achieve that".
British Cycling performance director, Stephen Park, said: "We've been pleased by the performances of British riders on the Gold Coast, which have once again demonstrated the talent, determination and strength in depth that we have within British cycling". Find us on Facebook too!
Though Sam Ward's attempt was blocked away by India's first rusher Amit Rohidas, in his second attempt Sam Ward kept it low as he successfully found the right corner of the post taking a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute.
"In addition to the results, the Commonwealth Games has provided a valuable opportunity for our younger riders to gain experience of competing at a high global level, and I'm sure they will take plenty of learnings away for this event to use at future major competitions".
India had started the match well as they pressed England high up the pitch and won back possession quickly which led them to create a few opportunities in the first quarter.
With a good man-to-man marking by England, making successful forays into the striking circle for the Indian forwards was hard to come by.
An Indian infringement gave away the first penalty corner (PC) of the match. While, Ward's first attempt was brilliantly saved by P.R. Sreejesh, England relied on their No.1 drag-flicker yet again in the 43rd minute to take the strike.