Auckland, Jan 29 (IANS) Indian women’s hockey team were beaten 0-1 by New Zealand in the third match of the ongoing tour here on Wednesday.

Hope Ralph sounded the board in the 37th minute to net the winner.

This is a New Zealand development squad, which India thrashed 4-0 in the first game only to lose 1-2 in the next.

India will meet Great Britain in the next match on February 4.

New Zealand could have taken the lead in the first quarter, but the Indian defence played well to keep their PC’s at bay. In the second quarter, Indians created chances but failed to breach Kiwis rearguard as both teams were locked 0-0 at halftime.

Raplh then converted a field goal in the 37th minute.

–IANS

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