India after loosing out to Malaysia yesterday, showed a solid stuff to defeat New zealand in Bronze medal play-off of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.
India out struck Black Caps by defeating them 4-0 to win the Bronze. India was in control for most of the time & didn’t let the heartbreak of yesterday’s defeat against Malaysia get heavy on them.
India started off well against New zealand in the first quarter, as they put immense pressure on Black Caps by more possessions & circle penetrations, despite having an upper hand India failed to capitalise the chances into goal & the first quarter ended goal less.
In the first 2 minutes of second quarter, Akashdeep helped India to get their 2nd penalty corner which was converted exceptionally well by the Rupinder Pal Singh to put India on lead by 1-0. This was Rupinder’s only second goal of the tournament. New zealand tried to comeback in the game but India was still enjoying more ball possession in New zealand’s half.
With just 3 minutes to go for half time Mandeep Singh with a sudden burst of pace goes past three New Zealand players to help India in getting another penalty corner. Rupinder Pal was again the man who puts the ball low to the right of the goalkeeper to stretch the Indian lead by 2-0.
Men in Blue were leading their way by 2-0 over Black Caps at the end of Half Time.
New zealand had just 2 quarters left to bounce back in the match but Indian defence showed some good stuff in the absence of P. Sreejesh. Third quarter was not different as India continued to show their dominance over Black Caps but the quarter went goal less.
Last quarter started well for India, and with 5 minutes to go for the hooter, S.V. Sunil scored a field goal to stretch Indian supremacy by 3-0. Despite having a comfortable lead India continued to attack New zealand’s goal post & again with just a minute to go, Talwinder was able to get pass Black Cap’s defence scoring the fourth goal for India.
India’s dominance against New zealand will somewhat cover up the scars of defeat against low-ranked Malaysia. No doubt, Mandeep Singh was the start player for India in the tournament as he scored the most goals for India including a hat-rick he scored against Japan.
Finals well see Australia lock horns with Great Britain for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup .