India Hockey team full-back Rupinder Pal Singh converted two penalty corners as India demolished New Zealand 4-0 to clinch a bronze medal in the 26th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, here on Saturday.
The Punjab guy [Rupinder Pal] sent identical ground drag-flicks into the corner past Kiwi goalkeeper Richard Joyce's outstretched right hand in the 17th and 27th minutes.
SV Singh then netted his first goal of the tournament in the 48th minute as he capitalised on a cross from striker Mandeep Singh into the goalmouth, while forward Talwinder Singh rounded off India's scoring in the last minute.
In the begining, Malaysia defeated Japan 3-1 in the playoff to decide the fifth place in the tournament standings.
Having failed to earn a place in the final after a listless show in the last preliminary league encounter versus Malaysia yesterday, the Blue tigers gave an improved display to clinch the bronze medal - a shade below their silver medal behind Australia in the championship last year.