Vastavam web: The Indian men’s hockey team avenged their round robin league-stage loss by defeating New Zealand 5-0 in the final of the Olympic Test Event held here on Wednesday. Captain Harmanpreet Singh (7′) set the ball rolling before Shamsher Singh (18′), Nilakanta Sharma (22′), Gursahibjit Singh (26′) and Mandeep Singh (27′) scored for India at the Oi Hockey Stadium.
India had lost 1-2 to New Zealnd earlier in round robin league-stage. Both teams began the match on a cautious note by turning over the ball in the midfield. India won a penalty corner in the seventh minute, but couldn’t capitalise on the opportunity. However, skipper Harmanpreet didn’t miss out on a re-awarded penalty corner. He executed a perfect dragflick to put India in the lead.
The Indian team continued to hold possession and put tremendous pressure on the New Zealand defense as they ended the first quarter at 1-0. Shamsher scored India’s second goal through a penalty corner in the 18th minute. New Zealand managed to make only two circle entries in the second quarter as the Indian team scored three more goals.