The New Zealand Black Sticks men have bounced back with a 3-1 victory over India overnight at the Hockey World League in Delhi.
Stephen Jenness scored twice as the Black Sticks responded a day after losing 6-1 to Germany in Pool A.
New Zealand made it clear from the opening whistle that they were determined to make up for the previous day's poor showing, with Shea McAleese opening the Black Sticks' account in the first minute.
His goal, scored through open play, steadied the team's nerves while the sheer physicality and steadiness of the New Zealand players seemed to rock India's confidence.
India were not without their chances in the first half, but their deft stick work was often let down in the final phase. India won two penalty corners in quick succession but Black Sticks goalkeeper Devon Manchester cleared the ball from the circle easily on both occasions.
The second half saw much of the same. India played some quick, inventive hockey, and Chandanda Thimmaiah was unlucky to see his shot fly over the cross bar, but it was New Zealand who again took their chance. A free hit in the 41st minute found Jenness unmarked in the circle and he duly slotted the ball home.
Then, 10 minutes later Jenness had his second, virtually ensuring victory for the Black Sticks over the host nation.
India got a consolation goal from Mandeep Singh with two minutes remaining, seizing on a loose ball and shot home to the delight of the crowd.
The Black Sticks face England at 9.30pm Monday night in their final pool match.
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