April 30, 2017 07:51 PM

IPOH (MALAYSIA), India chalked out a facile 3-0 verdict against New Zealand in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup here today,Both teams started strongly in the first quarter before India snatched the ascendancy just towards the end of the half and kept the pressure on for the rest of the match.

India opened the scoring in the 23rd minute when Mandeep Singh showed quick reflexes to deflect a high shot at goal past goalkeeper Devon Manchester, reports Hockey New Zealand.The Black Sticks saw the deficit double just minutes later after Harmanpreet Singh ripped a low and hard flick into goal from a penalty corner.New Zealand fought hard in the second half but struggled to sustain any momentum in the face of a determined Indian defence.India sealed the result in the 47th minute with Harmanpreet’s second penalty corner strike, this one soaring into the roof of the net.The Vantage Black Sticks have a rest day at the tournament tomorrow before going up against Japan on Tuesday night.In other fixtures at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup today, Japan play Great Britain before Australia take on hosts Malaysia.                      

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