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Black Sticks seal series against India

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/05/2017

The Black Sticks sing the national anthem ahead of the International Test match against India at Rosa Birch Park. © Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images The Black Sticks sing the national anthem ahead of the International Test match against India at Rosa Birch Park. The Black Sticks have put away a far-pluckier India 3-2 to seal their women's hockey Test series with two games to spare.

After losing the first two Tests in Pukekohe 4-1 and 8-2, world No.12 India were far more competitive on Wednesday against fifth-ranked New Zealand.

The visitors scored the first and last goals but the Black Sticks dominated the exchanges through the middle of the game. They were rewarded with goals to Ella Gunson, Deanna Ritchie and Shiloh Gloyn.

Deep Ekka stunned the hosts when scoring from a ninth-minute penalty corner.

New Zealand responded via a penalty stroke which was converted by Gunson before Ritchie's goal - a deflection from a powerful Stacey Michelsen strike - put them 2-1 up at halftime.

Gloyn's reverse shot rebounded off a defender into the goal midway through the third quarter before India responded in the final stanza.

The series shifts to Hamilton for the two remaining Tests on Friday and Saturday.

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