Indian men’s hockey team beat the hosts New Zealand 3-2 in their opening match at the second-leg of Four-Nation Invitational Tournament in Hamilton today. Lalit Upadhyay, Harjeet Singh and Rupinder Pal Singh scored for India while New Zealand’s goals came from sticks of Daniel Harris and Kane Russell.
The home team were dominant early and were quick to make potential circle penetrations but the Indian defence stood tall. India made a breakthrough soon and Lalit gave India a 1-0 lead.
In the second quarter an error by an Indian defender saw New Zealand equalise. India came back with a fresh approach after the change of ends and in the 32nd minute Harjeet scored the second goal for India.
Lalit later won India their second penalty corner and this time Rupinder scored the third goal for India. A minute later, New Zealand bagged a penalty corner which was successfully executed by Russell.India will next take on Belgium in their second match.