New Zealand beat India 2-0 in the New Zealand Tour

India Men Team at a Practice Session in Spain 1New Delhi: New Zealand beat India 2-0 in their first match in the ongoing India’s tour to New Zealand on Tuesday. 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 who flicked the ball on the top right corner of the goal 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 capitalise on the pass. 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, 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.

All games during the series will be LIVE streamed. More details about the live stream will be published on ahead of the series starting.