The Indian women’s handball team began its Asian Games campaign on a losing note as it suffered a 19-36 defeat to Kazakhstan in their preliminary round match in Jakarta on Tuesday. Also Read - Jinson Johnson Betters Own 1500m National Record by Winning Silver in Berlin, Qualifies for World Championships

The Indian team gave a tough fight in the first period, trailing 13-19 but was outplayed 6-17 by its opponents in the second period of the Group A match. Also Read - Indian Mixed Relay Team of Hima Das, Mohammad Anas, Arokia Rajiv, MR Poovamma in Line to Win Asian Games Gold Medal After One Year



For India, Rimpi was the highest scorer with eight goals from just nine shots while Maninder Kaur netted three. Nidhi Sharma and Ritu scored two goals each. Also Read - Six-Toed Heptathlete And Asian Games Gold Medallist Swapna Burman Receives Customised Footwear From Adidas

For Kazakhstan, Dana Abilda scored eight goals while Olga Tankita got six.



The difference in class between the two sides was evident as Kazakhstan got as many as 54 shots at goals as against 36 for India.

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India will next play Korea in their second group match on August 16.

The Indian men’s handball team had lost to Chinese Taipei 28-38 in its first group match yesterday.