New Zealand thrash India 3-1 in World Hockey League

New Zealand thrash India 3-1 in World Hockey League

 India disastrous campaign at Hero Hockey World League Final continued as they lost 1-3 to New Zealand to succumb to their second straight defeat in Pool A at the floodlit Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, here today.

New Zealand scored three field goals – one in the first half and two after the change of ends – through Shea Mcalesse (1st minute) and Stephen Jenness (40th, 50th minutes) to register their first win in the eight-team event.

India managed to reduce the margin of defeat just two minutes from the hooter through Mandeep Singh.

Just like yesterday, the Indians looked rusty and out of sorts against New Zealand today. India struggled throughout the entire first half and failed to create a single open chance.

There was no co-ordination between the midfield and forward line and the Indians were guilty of easily giving away the ball to their opponents.

The defence, which is India's perennial problem, yet again struggled to deal New Zealand's persistent threats. Right full-back Birendra Lakra had a nightmarish outing as not only he fumbled under pressure but struggled to tap the ball.

Lakra was not the only foul guy as the entire Indian team lacked co-ordination and understanding and did mistakes when put under pressure.

New Zealand, on the other hand, dished out a spirited display especially after their 1-6 drubbing at the hands of Germany yesterday.

The Black Sticks were promising in their forays and defended in numbers when the ball was inside their half.

Much to the disappointment of the handful of spectators present at the stadium, New Zealand surged ahead in the opening minute when Mcalesse scored with a fierce hit from top of the circle as the Indian defence was found wanting.

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