Sultan Azlan Shah: India finish with bronze

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi

Rupinder Pal Singh converted two penalty corners as India outclassed New Zealand 4-0 to win a bronze medal at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup on Sunday.

Later, SV Sunil scored his first goal of the tournament in the 48th minute as he capitalised on a cross from Mandeep Singh into the goalmouth, while Talwinder Singh also found the net for India in the last minute.

Having failed to earn a place in the final after a listless show in the last preliminary league encounter against Malaysia on Friday, India put up an improved display.

They started with two successive penalty corners in the second minute of play, but the rushers denied Harmanpreet Singh a good look at the goal.

Rupinder opened the scoring on India’s third penalty corner with a stinging grounder in the 17th minute. Ten minutes later, Rupinder’s shot on the fourth penalty corner struck a defender’s foot and another penalty corner was awarded, which he converted with a low shot.

Sunil made an entry on the score sheet by deflecting in Mandeep’s cross from right in the 48th minute.

Talwinder also got among the goal scorers for the first time in the last minute of play after picking a pass from Manpreet Singh in the circle. Talwinder created some space for himself and sent a reverse shot into the boards.

Earlier, Malaysia defeated Japan 3-1 in the playoff to decide the fifth place in the tournament standings.