India defeated New Zealand in the second hockey test match at Nelson earlier today. It was a good performance by India who outplayed the hosts in all departments after a poor show in yesterday’s first match.
In the first quarter, the Indian team went on the attack right from the start and earned a penalty corner in the 10th minute but wasted their chance of converting the goal. India scored from a cross by Birendra Lakra and rebound shot as Ramandeep Singh gave India a 1-0 lead. At the end of first quarter, India led 1-0.
In the second quarter, India continued their attacking but Dharamvir brilliant try was blocked by an alert New Zealand goalkeeper. New Zealand mainly depended upon counter attacks but failed to break the agile Indian defense. No goals came in the second quarter as India went into halftime leading 1-0.
In the third quarter, Gurjinder Singh had a great chance to doubles India’s lead but the shot was well wide off the post. New Zealand counter-attacked and won a penalty corner in the 5th minute, but P Sreejesh saved the goal for India. New Zealand kept the pressure and managed to level the score before the end of third quarter in the last minute as Kane Russell converted a penalty corner. At the end of third quarter, both teams were equal at 1-1
In the fourth quarter, India attacked more on the Kiwis and efforts paid off in the 7th minute as Manpreet Singh accurate pass sent it Lalit Upadhyay to give India 2-1 lead. India sealed the match when Nikkin Thimmah scored an excellent field goal in the final minute. With this India won the match 3-1.
India level the series at 1-1 with the third match to be played at Christchurch on October 9.