India are the overwhelming favourites to win the gold in the Games as they are ranked 13th in the world, while the two other teams, Sri Lanka and Nepal, are not even included in the FIH ranking charts.

Expectedly, the home side walloped their two rival teams in the league stage, thrashing Nepal 24-0 in their opening match before beating Sri Lanka 12-1. Sri Lanka yesterday thrashed Nepal 15-0 to set up a title clash against India in the competition, which had just three teams.

India had come here with a reasonably strong team as the team management wanted to play as many international games as possible in the run up to the Rio Games. Indian women's hockey team had qualified for the Olympics after a gap of 36 years.
Neil Hawgood, chief coach of the women's team, had said that the SAG was of key importance in the scheme of things as the team needs to play as many international games as possible ahead of the Olympics and try out new players to give a wider spread of talent to choose from for the Rio Games.

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