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India maul New Zealand 7-1 in Sultan of Johor Cup hockey

Press Trust of India  |  Johor Bahru (Malaysia) 

The Indian junior men's team

thrashed 7-1 to register their second consecutive win at the eighth Sultan of Johor Cup here on Sunday.

On the opening day of the tournament, the Indians had registered a hard fought

2-1 win over hosts

Prabhjot Singh (6th minute), (15th, 43rd), Harmanjit Singh (21st), (23rd), Abhishek (50th) and (60th) were the goal scorers for

New Zealand's consolation goal came from the sticks of in the 53rd minute.

Last year's bronze medallist got off to an attacking start as Prabhjot's fine goal in the sixth minute put on the back foot.

Shilanand Lakra, who had made his senior debut earlier this year at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia, was in good nick as he capitalised on a good assist to put the ball past the to double the scoreline.

Though New Zealand tried to overcome the initial setback, India's defence did not not allowing any easy circle entries.

Indian too was in good form as he made some good saves to deny New Zealand.

The Indian forwards kept up the pressure as they scored back-to-back goals in the 21st and 23rd minute through Harmanjit's field strike and Mohd Faraz's penalty corner conversion.

While the third quarter saw both teams drop the pace a bit, extended their lead in the 43rd minute through Lakra.

It was Abhishek's 50th minute goal that put India 6-0 ahead, even as New Zealand's scored a consolation goal three minute later.

Mandeep also registered his name in the score sheet as he converted a smart variation from a penalty corner to hand India the massive win.

India will next take on in their third match on October 9.

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First Published: Sun, October 07 2018. 19:00 IST