Tokyo, Aug 18 : After an impressive 6-0 win against Malaysia in their opening match of the Olympic Test Event, the Indian Men's Hockey team suffered 1-2 loss at the hands of World No 8 New Zealand in their second match of the tournament held here at the Oi Hockey Stadium on Sunday.
Captain and Drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh gave India the lead in the 2nd minute by converting a Penalty Corner, but New Zealand struck back in the last quarter through two well-crafted field goals scored by Jacob Smith (47') and Sam Lane (60').
India won their first Penalty Corner in just the 2nd minute, which was beautifully converted by their Captain Harmanpreet Singh to give his team a quick start and a 1-0 lead.
The Indian team continued to attack and won another Penalty Corner in the 6th minute, but could not find the target from the execution.
In the third quarter through some good combination play inside New Zealand's striking circle, however they could not find another break-through.
It was in the 47th minute that New Zealand worked out a good combination in the Indian half, and produced an effective attack which saw Jacob Smith find the back of the net to equalize.
With barely a minute remaining on the clock, it was New Zealand's turn to counter and their execution was perfect as they scored the winner through Sam Lane in 60th minute who took advantage of India being short of players in defense.
The defeat for the India means that they sit at the second spot in the points table with one match to go, which will be against hosts Japan on Tuesday. (UNI)