Riding on double strike by SK Uthappa, the India Men Hockey team managed to win against New Zealand A in the second game of the New Zealand Tour. In the 2nd practice match against New Zealand A, India won by 2-1, while in the 1st match scoreline was 3-1, with goals coming from three different players (Akashdeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh and Nikkin Thimmaiah).
The first quarter saw both the teams going on the attack on each other’s defending zones. But in the 5th minute, Indian forwards from Karnataka SV Sunil, Nikkin Thimmaiah and SK Uthappa combined well to score. Sunil entered the D and passed the ball to Nikkin and he sent the ball to SK Uthappa, who brilliantly sent the ball in the nets giving no chance to the opponent’s goalkeeper to react. India continued its pressure and maintained good ball possession, keeping the opponents defence busy all through. But with no further goals added, the quarter ended 1-0 in India’s favour.
India started the second quarter on a high as they took over from where they left and were seen in the opponent’s semi-circle trying to score on the opportunities. But unfortunately for the Indians they could not find the nets, leaving the score untouched at 1-0 at the end of the first half.
The third quarter brought news for the Indians yet again as the second goal was added to the goal tally. Right into the quarter it was SK Uthappa yet again, who scored the goal in 34th minute with individual effort to double the lead. With seconds left for the quarter to end, India was awarded with a penalty corner, failed to capatilize on the opportunity.
The last quarter saw New Zealand A being awarded with a penalty corner but unfortunately for them it was effortlessly saved by PR Sreejesh. But New Zealand A persisted with its endeavour to open their goal account and finally in the 57th minute, Stephen Jenness scored a field goal, taking the score to 1-2. With no further goals getting scored India took their second consecutive win by 2-1.
India will take on New Zealand on 6th October 2015 at Nelson. The match will be played at 11:30 am IST, live streaming of the match will be available on this website.
|Date||Local Time||Indian Team||Team||vs||Team||City|
|2 Oct.||13:00||05:30||IND||3-1||NZL- A||Auckland|
|3 Oct.||13:00||05:30||IND||2-1||NZL- A||Auckland|