After a dominating 5-2 win on Saturday to kick-start their FIH Pro League 2020 campaign against World No. 3 the Netherlands, hosts India had to dig deep on Sunday in the second game and come back from behind to draw the match 3-3 at the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneshwar. They then prevailed in the shootout to win the second leg of the two-match rubber. Also Read - Hockey: Indian Men's Team Achieves All-Time Highest Ranking, Jumps to Fourth Spot
Netherlands’ Weerden Mink opened the scoring in the 24th-minute of the game with a penalty corner. India equalised a minute later when Lalit Upadhyay found the back of the net. Also Read - Dream11 Team Prediction New Zealand Women vs United States of America Women FIH Pro League Women’s 2020 - Hockey Tips For Today's FIH Pro Match 1 NZ-W vs USA-W at Nga Puna Wai Hockey Stadium, Christchurch 9:30 AM IST
A minute later the Netherlands took the lead again with Hertzberger’s field goal. Soon after that, Kellerman sounded the board giving his team a two-goal cushion. Also Read - FIH Pro Hockey League 2020: Harmanpreet Singh's Blunder Costs India, Lose to Belgium 2-3
An action-packed second quarter followed but at the half-time, the scoreline read 3-1 in favour of the visitors who looked well and truly in command of the game.
The third quarter went goalless.
In the final quarter, hosts India went for an all-out attack strategy which worked wonders as they scored two goals thanks to Mandeep Singh and Rupinder Singh’s penalty corners in the 51st and 55th-minute respectively which helped India force a shootout.
For India, Akashdeep Singh, Gurjant and Prasad were on target.