The Terry Walsh-coached Indians tried to mount a fightback in the second stanza and drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh restored parity with twelve minutes to go for the final hooter. It was the burly fullback’s fifth goal of the Dutch tour.
India fancied their chances to go for the kill with an extra spring in their strides after the equalizer, but Tom Boon poured cold water on their hopes with another match-clinching strike.
The national team is utilizing the Dutch trip to fine-tune their preparations for the 2014 World Cup, scheduled to be held at The Hague, Netherlands from 31 May to June 15.
The Blueshirts had commenced their exposure tour on a whirlwind note clobbering Leiden Hockey Club 7-0. Akashdeep Singh gave India the lead in the 18th minute before Nikkin Thimmaiah doubled the lead three minutes later as they led 2-0 at half-time. Rupinder Pal Singh struck two penalty corner goals early in the second half before Ramandeep Singh scored the fifth goal for India in the 43rd min. Vokkaliga Raghunath converted a short corner in the 45th min before Yuvraj Walmiki wrapped up the decimation job slotting home the seventh goal.