The Indian hockey team defeated New Zealand by a goal in the last second in the third hockey test match at Christchurch earlier today. It was a spirited performance by the Indian team who played some attacking hockey in the match and came back strongly after conceding the goal.
In the first quarter of the game, both teams started on a good note with some positional hockey. In the first 8 minutes of the game, none of the teams were unable to break a deadlock. In the 10th minute of the game, India earned the first penalty corner of the game and Rupinder Pal Singh converted the penalty corner into a goal to give India a 1-0 lead. With one minute left on the clock New Zealand tried its best to get a goal but was not able to do it. At the end of first quarter, India led 1-0.
In the second quarter New Zealand attacked more and put pressure on the Indian defense. The New Zealand team earned a penalty corner in the 5th minute but was well saved by P Sreejesh. The Indian team too had their chances but was not able to convert the chances into goals. In the 10th minute, New Zealand Panchia scored an excellent field goal to equal the score at 1-1. New Zealand earned another penalty corner but the shot was well wide off the goal post. At the end of the second quarter, the scores were equal at 1-1.
In the third quarter both teams began on an aggressive note attacking each other’s goal but were not able to convert the chances into goals. The Indian and the hosts looked in attacking mood but defense of both teams were up to the mark. In the 11th minute, Ramandeep Singh scored an excellent field goal to give India 2-1 lead. At the end of third quarter, India led 2-1.
In the fourth quarter New Zealand started on an aggressive note by asking for Penalty corner but the umpire did not give in favor of New Zealand. New Zealand tried to equalize the score, but the Indian defense was up to the mark. New Zealand team leveled the score when Steve Edwards scored a goal in the 8th minute. Both teams were looking for winning goal. In the dying moments, India missed as a cross from near the goal is wasted as one was in front of the goal. With 40 seconds left on the clock, Dharamvir scored and gave India 3-2 lead. At the end of the match, India won it 3-2.
With this win, India takes a 2-1 series lead with the last match to be played at Christchurch on 11th October.