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India 4-0 New Zealand: 3rd/4th place playoff, Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2017, As It Happened!

India 4-0 New Zealand, FULL TIME
Updated: 06 May 2017 17:48 IST - Published: 06 May 2017 17:04 IST
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India saved the best for last. And what a performance. The Penalty Corners finally were converted. SV Sunil and Talwinder Singh with their first goals of the tournament.

Sardar Singh and Manpreet with outstanding in midfield and the Indian defence was at its impregnable.

Roelant Oltmans should be a happy man today.
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And that's it!! The hooter sounds. Comprehensive win for INDIA!!!
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60' - INDIAAAA SCOREEE!!!

Talwinder with the goal. Gets a ball near the baseline at the edge of the circle. Cuts in and hits on the reverse and that is 4-0.


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59' -  Rain is tumbling down here as India look to wrap this up!!
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58' - WHAT A BALL!!

Sardar Singh is back in his element in this game. Goes out to Pardeep on the right. He tries to catch Manchester out in goal. Goes for a shot instead of a pass but the Kiwi keeper is there at hand to keep the shot out.
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And that appeal has been upheld. NO GOAL!!!
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But wait!! NZ are appealing this for a backstick from Manpreet.
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57' - GOAAALLL!!

Manpreet leads the break. Gives it off to Yousuf who goes back to skipper. And he makes a meal of it. He hits into the surface and that bounces over the keeper and into the net.
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56' - Sloppy from Harjeet. Passes to an imaginary teammate on his left. Goes out of play.
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55' -  Talwinder again gets into the circle from the left. Looks for a foot. But can't do that. NZ clear.
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23 circle penetrations by IND compared to 7 by NZ tells you the story. Utterly dominant.
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53'  - India work the ball around beautifully. Into Talwinder on the left who gets in the circle but his pullback is not going to find anyone at the end of it.
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52' -  Lane trying to make inroads down the middle. But the Indian backline has been solid. They stand up to the test again.
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51' - OFF THE POST!!!

What a great move!! Sardar to Manpreet Junior who has space and sweeps one in. Yousuf on the dive. Gets his stick. But that comes off the frame of the goal.
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50' - Manpreet is down. Seems to have taken a knock. Accidentally Ross' stick hit his face. But he is back on his feet.
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49' - India looking at ease. They should have the game in the bag now. But they can't yet lose focus.
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48' - WHAT A GOAAAALLLLL!!!!!!

Chinglensana finds Mandeep who takes his time on the right-hand side of the circle near the baseline. He spins and puts the ball across and a timely deflection from SV SUNIL who moved across and deflected the ball to the far post.

His first of the tournament.
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47' - But a stick check from Mandeep brings the Indian attack to an end.
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46' - Poor from New Zealand. Bennett with a mistrap and India spring on to the front foot.
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India gets us underway for the last 15  minutes of the game.
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And that's it. The third quarter comes to an end.
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45' - Pardeep Mor tries to get the ball in as he slaps it from the right. But Russell is there again. He is a real rock at the back for the Kiwis.
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45' - Into the final minute and India enjoying the lion's share of the possession. They have not allowed NZ to get into the game at any point of time.
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43' - Chinglensana and Akashdeep try to find an opening. But that is not going to be so easy.
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43' - Wilcox tries to make something happen. But good work from Surender.
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42' - Sloppy from Mandeep. And the ball goes out of play for NZ!
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41' - Akashdeep cleverly works himself into the circle. But his pass is wayward.
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40' - Sardar and Chinglensana work out some space. Find Rupinder on the right. He gets a FH and then finds Mandeep. But the ball hadn't traveled 5 meters before being played into the circle.
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39'- Ball played into the IND circle. It comes to Chikte and NZ gets a long corner.

Ball played in is again lifted. India with FH!
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38' - Affan Yousuf with a spin and a quick reverse but Kane Russell with some solid stickwork. Gets New Zealand out of there
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37'- India changing the angles but can't get near the NZ circle!
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36' - George Muir tries to get one in down the middle. But his hit is too high. And India is able to clear.
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36' -  Patient from India but can't get anything close to the circle. Impressive work from India.
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35' - A FH for New Zealand just outside the circle. But they can't really get in. Have to play it all the way back. 

Looking for angles. Smothering defence from India.
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34' - Rupinder sweeps one down the left looking for Akashdeep but that one had too much mustard. 
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33' - Sloppy pass from Harmanpreet. New Zealand in a dangerous area but Ross lifts it high and is deemed dangerous.
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32' - India have begun on the same note they left at halftime.
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31' - India with the early possession. Sumeet tries to look forward down the right.

Manpreet gets the ball and plays in Sumeet who made a great run. Pulls it back. And again that comes to nothing.
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India gets us underway.
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The players are back on the pitch. And India needs to put on another solid performance and the bronze medal will be theirs.
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And the hooter blows to signal half-time. Great thirty minutes of hockey action especially from India. Totally dominant. 
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30' - Lifted dangerously high by Newman and India can clear.
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29' - Last two minutes of the half remaining. Jenness and Newman trying to get back something for the Blacksticks. But all they get are a couple of long corners.
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27' - GOAAALLLL!!!!

India with their second. Rupinder with his second. And it's a replay of his first. Low and fast into the bottom left hand corner. Joyce has no chance!!
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27' - SAVED!! 

Saved by Joyce as Rupinder again tries to find the bottom left corner. But India get another PC!!
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27' -  WHAT A RUN!!

Mandeep with a sudden burst of pace goes past three New Zealand players. Pulls it back and a stick check on Akashdeep Singh gives India a PENALTY CORNER!!
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27' -  Young Harjeet Singh spins into trouble and New Zealand are having their best spell.
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26' - Lane tries to find Jenness down the right touchline. But Rupinder is there!
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25' -  Slapped in from the right. But Akashdeep seemingly on his heels. 
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