USA-W vs IND-W Dream11 : India and USA get the first match of their qualifiers underway today as either side vies to ease through into the Olympics 2020.
The final stage of the qualification round for the Tokyo Olympics sees India and USA take on each other in the first of the two matches the two sides are slated to contest against each other. For the Indian side, this encounter comes as a momentous occasion to assure themselves of an Olympic berth when they shift to their home comfort to clash heads
By virtue of their better ranking, India were accorded with the opportunity of being the home side for this impending clash, something side will be looking to use to their advantage come Friday. Buoyed by a rapturous and raucous support, the home side will be looking to ease through into the Tokyo Olympics and reaffirm that the sport is moving in the right direction in the country.
“We have chosen a well balanced side with a number of good flexible options. We now need to focus on strategies against Russia, and ensure we are at our best when we step onto the field on 1st and 2nd November,” Indian coach Graham Reid said when speaking about the identity of her team.
Elsewhere, while USA know they come into this clash facing a gigantic task to overcome, the side will be well aware that they can make things jittery for the Indians today. This is a side bestowed with some stellar performers, names who know just what it takes to succeed at the biggest stage of them all and they’ll be looking to use their attacking acumen to try and outdo the Indian side today.
USA Captain Kathleen Sharkey said when talking about the encounter, “It is exciting to be in India. None of us have been here before but we know India has a great history in hockey and people here are very passionate about the sport with a lot of fans coming to watch the matches live. We saw the spectacular Men’s World Cup hosted here in Bhubaneswar. We are looking forward to play here and take home the experience of playing in one of the world’s most famous city for hockey.”
USA-W vs IND-W Dream11 Probable Playing 11
Rani Rampaul (c), Ekka, Monika, Reena Khokhar, Nikki Pradhan, Savita, Vandana Katariya, Neha Goyal, Navjot Kaur, Gurjit Kaur, Navneet Kaur, Sushila Pukhrambam
Kathleen Sharkey (c), Erin Matson, Lauren Moyer, Kealsie Robles, Caitlin van Sickle, Casey Umstead, Virginia Bramley, Alyssa Parker, Amanda Magadan, Ali Froede, Margaux Paolino
FIH Women’s Olympic Qualifiers
Match: India Women Vs USA Women
Date And Time: 1st November, Friday- 6:00pm IST
Venue: Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar
Where To Watch: Star Sports 1/HD
- Rani Rampaul, Reena Khokhar, Nikki Pradhan, Gurjit Kaur
- Kathleen Sharkey, Erin Matson, Kealsie Robles, Caitlin van Sickle
USA-W vs IND-W Dream11 Goal-Keeper
We are moving into this encounter with USA’s goal-keeper Kealsie Robles. This is an Indian side which has tasted rampant and consummate success in the attacking facet and will be looking to plummet USA with a slew of shots today, something which should see Robles pull off a good amount of save points today.
USA-W vs IND-W Dream11 Defenders
With this being such a pivotal tie for both the sides, either will be looking to come hot out of the blocks in their clash, massively dwindling the likelihood of a cleansheet emerging for either side. It sees us opt for the more attackingly aligned fullbacks from either side, moving for names who are likely to get either a goal or assist in this pertinent encounter.
It sees us move in for Caitlin van Sickle and Ali Forde for this clash, two players who’ll not only be asked to defend but play a versatile role as a sweeper as well as USA look to deploy extra protection for their goal. Elsewhere we have the lone player come into our side from India with Gurjit Kaur being our choice for today’s clash.
USA-W vs IND-W Dream11 Midfielders
An entire trivalent marauds its way from the home setup for this encounter with Sushila Pukhrambam being our first choice for this contest. The halfback will not only control the attacking play for her side and try to transition the ball from defence to attack but her pushes, hits and drives will see her canter into the opposition’s side of the park menacingly as well.
She’s accompanied by Nikki Pradhan and Neha Goyal for today’s fixture whilst from USA we have Taylor West representing us, a player whose sensational and sublime skill set will be massively baked upon by the side to try and perturb India today.
With India likely to pile on the goals given the kind of consummate success they have tasted due to captain Rani Rampual’s enigmatic and vibrant brand of attacking play, the striker had to become the first pick for us in this slot. The striker is a drag flick and penalty corner specialist as well, coming imbued with an exceptional skill set which should see her tally up a plethora of goals in this one.
The diminutive Navneet Kaur will be partnering her for this one along with Vandana Katariya as well go for an all Indian strike force for this clash.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Rani has been selected to be our captain for this encounter while Sushila is the vice-captain.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players.