Lahore: Pakistan captain Haseem Khan led from the front; scoring a brace in Pakistan’s 2-1 win over the hosts New Zealand in the 4th hockey test. The series also stands at 2-1 in Pakistan’s favour with the last test on Thursday.
After three tests in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital, the two sides moved to Carterton, Wairarapa for the last two matches.
The hosts began aggressively but Pakistan soon wrested the initiative and applied pressure. They were ahead after 1o minutes. Haseem Khan beautifully slipped through a congested defence before flicking the ball in with a nice flick.
One minute into the second quarter, it was 1-1. A wonderful run from Harry Miskimmin was put into the goal by Jonty Keane. With seven minutes to go before the half time, the green shirts were again in front; again through Haseem Khan who showed good opportunism.
Half time: Pakistan 2, New Zealand 1
Third quarter saw the momentum swinging to and fro but the score board didn’t change.
With crowd loudly cheering them, the Black Sticks went all out for the equaliser in the last 15 minutes. Pakistanis defended resolutely to keep the lead intact when the final hooter sounded.
Interestingly, there was no penalty corner goal today. The two sides had scored 10 goals off the set piece in the first three tests. Last test on Thursday should witness a well contested game as New Zealand world’s 8th ranked team would be under pressure to win the game to share the series with the 14th ranked Pakistan.