The men's Black Sticks have pulled off a victory over world-ranked No. 5 India, 2-1, overnight in their second game of the Ready, Steady, Tokyo test series.
The Indian men came out with guns blazing scoring their first goal of the game when captain and drag flicker Harmanpreet Singh converted a penalty corner in the second minute of play to put the Indian men up 1-0.
The next two quarters saw the teams go neck and neck on the defensive front to hold off all goals. This left India with a 1-0 advantage going into the final quarter of the game.
Heading into the final 15 minutes, the Indian defense could only hold off the Kiwi’s for so long. Jacob Smith battled his way through the India defense to even the game, 1-1, in the 47th minute.
The Blacks Sticks again rallied in the last minute of play and found the back of the net with a Sam Lane goal giving New Zealand a 2-1 win over India.
Next up the men will face Malaysia in two days time (Tuesday, August 20) at 12:30pm NZT in the last of the round robin match ups.