New Zealand defeated India by 2-0 in their first test match in the ongoing New Zealand Tour. New Zealand‘s Nick Haig and Jared Panchia scored the goals while India failed to find target in four quarters of 15 minutes each. In the women’s match, Black Sticks women defeated Argentina by 4-1 to make it double victory for the hosts at Nelson.
The game started in great space as spectators witnessed both teams getting into their business side of the field immediately. But it was New Zealand’s early goal which helped them take the edge over the game and allowing them to register the win.
The first quarter started with a brisk pace with both the team looking at dominating ball possession. It was the Kiwis who went ahead in the 5th minute when they were awarded a penalty corner and which was bang on target by Nick Haig. Nick flicked the ball, which landed on the top right corner of the goal after hitting on pads on P R Sreejesh to give New Zealand the 1-0 lead. Team India intensified the attack with Nikkin Thimmaih from right flank pushed the ball inside the opponent circle but a vigilant New Zealand defence denied any scoring chance. The score line remained 1-0 in favour of New Zealand at the end of first quarter.
India held possession at the start of the second quarter and attacked the New Zealand circle from the right flank. Akashdeep Singh pushed the ball to Ramandeep Singh who unfortunately for India failed to hit on the target. In the 27th minute it was New Zealand’s counter attack which helped Jared Panchia to score through a field effort, taking the score to 2-0 in their favour. While India trailed but they were seen attacking and looking at opening their score. Unable to add any goals, the second half ended with India trailing 0-2.
The third and fourth quarter saw both the teams trying to add to the scorecard but the defence of both the teams proved stronger in thwarting all attempts. Third quarter saw Nikkin Thimmaiah entering the D with a clear intent of finding the nets. But the Kiwi defence held him back and India were yet again denied a goal. This was immediately followed by Birendra Lakra trying to cash in on an opportunity but was denied by the Kiwi goalie. This led to India losing the first game in the tour and will now be playing the next match against the hosts tomorrow.
India will take on New Zealand on 7th October 2015 at Nelson. The match will be played at 11.30 am IST and live streaming of the game can be found here.
|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|
In women’s match, the Black Sticks Women were first to score when Sophie Cocks picked up the ball on the baseline and passed to Gemma Flynn who fired it to the back of the net to give the Kiwis a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute.
Natasha Fitzsimons added to it ten minutes later thanks to a penalty corner drag-flick which went high over the keeper into the net.
The team talk at half time worked for Argentina’s Martina Cavallero who got the visitors on the scoreboard, but the Black Sticks held their composure and continued to play an attacking and exciting style of hockey against the World No. 3 side.
Canterbury’s Rachel McCann scored with six minutes on the clock and then Flynn took the game beyond doubt, scoring a double, to make it 4-1 in the final minute.
In earlier matches, Argentina edged over the hosts by 2-1 in first match and Black Sticks defeated Las Leonas by 3-2, thus taking lead 2-1 in 4 match series.