Stratford, New Zealand: Putting up a disappointing performance, India's junior women's hockey team was blanked 5-0 by New Zealand in the third match of the six-Test series at the TET Multisports Centre here.
The first half of the match saw a defensive game from the Indian team. But two penalty corners in New Zealand's favour were successfully converted by Siobhan Nuzum and Su Arn Kwek, giving the hosts a 2-0 lead by the end of the first half.
The Junior Black Sticks women were on an attacking spree and held the Indians back from opening their account in the match.
Repeated efforts from the Indians went in vain, as the Black Sticks went on to penetrate the Indian D and sliced in three more goals in the second half to take the goal tally to 5-0.
The first three matches of the series were played with two halves of 35 minutes each and the teams will be playing with 15-minute quarters format in the remaining three matches of the series.
India will be taking on New Zealand again on Monday in their fourth match.