Vandana Katariya scored a hat-trick to guide India to a thrilling 4-3 victory overt South Africa in the Olympics Pool A women’s hockey match, at Oi Hockey stadium, in Tokyo, on Saturday.
The dashing forward scored in the 4th, 17th and 49th minute to keep India’s hopes of advancing to the quarter-finals alive.
South Africa’s goals came from the sticks of Tarryn Glasby (15th minute), skipper Erin Hunter (30th) and Marizen Marais (39th).
If Ireland loses or even draws against Britain, India’s women will make it to the knock-out stage for the first time.
India would not have been in this plight had they not lost their first three matches.