Ipoh ( Malaysia) New Zealand posted their third successive victory by prevailing 3- 1 over an erratic Pakistan in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament here on Sunday.

By virtue of this win, NZ not only boosted their points tally to

nine but also consolidated their position on top of the standings.

After taking a three- goal lead four minutes into the second session, the Black Sticks had to ward off numerous Pakistani raids from which the Asian champions could score only once. Ryan Archibald opened the scoring off a pass from Arun Panchia in the eighth minute and Andy Hayward converted a penalty corner two minutes later to help New Zealand race to a 2- 0 lead. Pakistan missed a good scoring chance in the 13th minute when a cross from Muhammad drifted across the goalmouth with two Pakistan strikers unable to push it in.

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