India win hockey decider to clinch series

Updated: 01 March 2009 11:31 IST

A double strike in the second half gave India a 2-0 win in the fourth and final men's field hockey Test against New Zealand, giving them a series win.

Auckland:

A double strike in the second half gave India a 2-0 win in the fourth and final men's field hockey Test against New Zealand on Sunday, giving them a series win by the same margin.

India's Dilip Tirkey and Sandeep Singh stepped up after a scoreless first half.

Tirkey nailed a penalty corner strike in the 43rd minute and Singh followed suit in the 67th minute, flicking the ball into the top left of the goal.

New Zealand felt they should have been ahead just before the interval when the ball hit an Indian body, stopping a certain goal, but India successfully appealed on the grounds that the ball first hit a New Zealand player's foot.

The Indians were then spectacular on the counter-attack in the second half, exposing the inexperience of the New Zealanders who were frequently punished for turnovers.

India won the second Test 2-1, while the first and third Tests were drawn 1-1.

Topics : Hockey
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