Indian hockey juniors outplay New Zealand 3-0

Breda (The Netherlands), July 20 (IANS) Harmanpreet Singh converted two penalty corners as India outplayed New Zealand 3-0 to post their second consecutive victory in the Volvo International Under-21 hockey tournament here on Sunday.

Apart from drag-flicker Harmanpreet (6th and 41st minutes), Simranjeet Singh (29th) also scored for India.

The first half started with intense battle between both the teams as they fought hard to keep the pressure on their opponents. The Indian colts continued their strategy of quick counter-attacks, which kept the Black Sticks busy in their half.

After continuous attacks, Harmanpreet managed to convert a penalty corner into a spectacular goal to make it 1-0 for India in the sixth minute.

The lead was extended to 2-0 by forward Simranjeet in the 29th minute through a brilliant field goal as they continued their dominance at the end of the first half.

In the second half, both the teams stepped onto the field with more aggression and kept on the struggle to score goals. Harendra Singh-coached India managed to keep the ball possession.

India earned a penalty corner in the 41st minute and drag-flicker Harmanpreet again successfully converted it to make it 3-0.

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