MEN LOSE THRILLER IN OPENING MATCH OF PRO LEAGUE
Fireworks to mark the tip of Diwali and to open the 2022/23 FIH Professional League with the Vantage Black Sticks (ninth World Rating) taking over India (fifth).
An absolute thriller in Bhubansewar noticed India come again from two objectives down to say a robust comeback win,
With Nic Woods main the group out onto the turf for the primary group, the Black Sticks began positively with excessive power and intent trying to assault straight from push again.
The Kiwis discovered loads of management in midfield however, whereas being defensively sound, had been unable to transform it into circle entries.
India additionally performed positively within the opening stanza and located themselves with a few alternatives with a purpose coming late within the first quarter after a superb lengthy distance cross discovered Mandeep Mor to place the hosts up 1-0.
New Zealand responded with elevated vigor to start out the second with Simon Baby, on his return to worldwide hockey, sending in a unbelievable ball with Sam Hiha simply flashing large on the receiving finish.
The guests had been rewarded with their first penalty nook midway by way of the second quarter and Sam Lane flicked fantastically at purpose with the Indian defender placing his foot in the way in which leading to a penalty stroke.
Lane dutifully stepped as much as the spot and slotted into the underside left nook to stage the scores.
The second quarter was dominated by the Black Sticks with a number of extra possibilities created however unable to be transformed.
New Zealand began the second half at full tempo and 5 minutes in discovered themselves within the lead after Baby brilliantly labored his manner into the circle and located Jake Smith who duly transformed.
Solely a minute later the Kiwis received a penalty nook with Lane once more stepping as much as flick and discovering a spot between the keeper’s legs to place the Black Sticks up 3-1.
India got here preventing again and received a penalty stroke halfway by way of the third quarter to chop the result in 3-2 with Harmenpreet Singh changing, however had been then unlucky to lose a participant for 10 minutes for an infringement.
New Zealand took benefit of their numbers and received two additional penalty corners however with out outcome.
The fourth quarter was all India’s who fought again with two absolute scorchers from Mandeep Singh to take a 4-3 win.
There are many optimistic indicators for New Zealand after the group had lower than per week collectively within the construct up, with a majority of the group enjoying in Europe. They’d 48% possession, 11 photographs on purpose to India’s 9, 21 circle penetrations to 18, and 9 penalty corners to India’s 1.
The Black Sticks subsequent tackle Spain Sunday 30 Oct at 2.30am NZT – stay on Spark Sport.