JPN-W vs IND-W Dream 11 Team: Stupendous India look to wrap up what has been the pristine tournament for them by winning the summit clash against home side Japan
India Vs Japan FIH Women’s Series Final Best Dream 11 Team
If there’s any county who deserves to lift the FIH Women’s Series Final, its India. The Asian giants have without a second thought been the finest team this edition of the showpiece tournament, regaling us in a beautiful brand of hockey up till now.
And Saturday was perhaps the most important match for the Indian team. After having cantered their way to wins, they were finally tested by Chile who took them all the way to the fourth quarter. With things finely poised at 3-2 in a topsy turvy fixture, the Indian side showed the much needed experience to trump their opposition.
In the end, the side moved through 4-2 to the final to take on home side Japan who were drained by Russia. In what was an extremely competitive and finely contested fixture, Japan were given a run for their money after things ended 1-1 in normal time. In the end, it was their composure which saw them pull through and get past Russia after they dominated the penalty shoot-out 3-1.
Now taking on each other, world number ranking 9 India are up against world ranked 14 Japan. In them, we have two teams who fully justify the magnitude of the summit clash as we get set to wrap up an enthralling tournament which has engrossed us throughout the course of the last week.
Although India are firm favourites to win this, they know taking on the hosts is not going to be the easiest of tasks. Japan, a resolute defensive unit will be buoyed by their rampant home support and will leave no stone unturned to win this. It’s the toughest and sternest for both the countries and promises to serve us a cracker of a match.
While Japan have a stringent backline, India’s attack is what has fervid them so fruitfully and seen them flourish. Come the final minutes of the match, we see the Indian side managing to pull through given the incessant attacks they’ll keep peppering at Japan’s goal.
Goal-Keeper for JPN-W vs IND-W Dream 11
Akio Tanaka from Japan is our pick over here after her sensational showing in the penalty shoot-out yesterday. She’s an extraordinary goal saver, a player between the sticks who has the astute awareness to bring an end to attacks with her saves.
Defenders for JPN-W vs IND-W Dream 11
When the individual awards will be presented at the end of this campaign, the frontrunner for them will undoubtedly be India’s Gurjit Kaur. The defender has had the most sensational of tournament, pummelling teams not only with her defensive capabilities but her amazing soirees at the front end of the pitch as well.
With 8 penalty corners and the 1 penalty conversion, she has 9 goals in the league, the most of any player and has taken the mantle of the entire Indian team upon herself. Nisha is going to accompany her while the Japanese side have the lone selection in the form of Kana Urata.
Midfielders for JPN-W vs IND-W Dream 11
We’ll begin first with the picks from the host country with Hazuiki Nagai and Izuki Tanaka our selections from the country. The Asian Games 2018, Jakarta champions have qualified for the Olympics twice, as the host country and regional champions and will now looking to seal top spot at the first ever edition of this tournament.
These are two midfielders who’ll be pivotal to their side’s fortunes and we see them upping their game against an opposition of the calibre of India. From their counters its Monika Malik and Neha Goyal who make a foray into our side.
Forwards for JPN-W vs IND-W Dream 11
Having qualified for the Japan 2020 Olympic Qualifiers, India’s consummate success this tournament has been due to their exemplary strike force. The side have cantered their way to wins, frantically putting apart teams with their attacking duo of Navneet Kaur and Rani helping the side cruise clear of the chasing pack.
Both come in for us while from Japan it’s their highest goal scorer, Akiko Yamashita with the four goals who comes in for us.
Captain And Vice-Captain
We’ve never changed our picks when India are plying their goods and we aren’t going to today either. Gurjit Kaur is our captain while striker Navneet Kaur becomes the vice-captain.
FIH Women’s Series Final
Match: India Vs Japan
Date And Time: 23rd June, Sunday- 2:30pm IST
Venue: Hiroshima Hockey Centre, Hiroshima