India edge out New Zealand 3-2 in 2nd leg of four-nation hockey tournament
India began their 2nd leg campaign at the four-nation hockey tournament with a 3-2 win over New Zealand on Wednesdayother sports Updated: Jan 24, 2018 16:55 IST
India clinched a thrilling 3-2 win over New Zealand to begin their second leg campaign on a positive note at the four-nation hockey tournament in Hamilton on Wednesday.
India began the game brightly and took an early lead in the 7th minute through Lalit Upadhyay.
Manpreet Singh found Vivek Sagar Prasad swiftly moving towards the top of the circle, and though Vivek’s reverse hit rebounded off the New Zealand keeper, Upadhyay ensured he picked up the ball to deflect it past Black Sticks goal keeper Devon Manchester fetching India a 1-0 lead.
The hosts came back strongly in the second half and took advantage of a defensive mix-up to equalise through Daniel Harris in the 23rd minute.
Harjeet Singh then converted India’s first penalty corner of the game in the 32nd minute to give India a 2-1 lead before Rupinder Pal Singh scored from another penalty corner four minutes later.
Just a minute after India took a 3-1 lead, Kane Russell scored for a penalty corner to reduce the visitors’ lead.
However, India held up well for the rest of the game to seal a 3-2 win.