The Dutch did not allow India to settle down and struck twice through Glenn Schuurman and Tristan Algera as the visitors went into the half-time break with plenty to ponder in the second half.
Undeterred by the 0-3 scorline at the break, India pulled up their socks and scored two goals in the first five minutes of the second stanza via SK Uthappa and captain Sardar Singh.
The 0-3 scoreline soon read 2-3 and India had a lot going for them at that moment. But the Netherlands not only held on to their lead but also consolidated it when Billy Baker racked up the fourth goal in the 60th minute for a 4-2 triumph.
India will now face the Dutch national side in their fifth and final practice game on April 19.