India take on Belgium in Four Nations hockey tournament final

Tauranga (New Zealand): India will line-up against Belgium in the final showdown of the Four Nations Invitational hockey tournament today.

The men in blue thrashed hosts New Zealand 3-1 in the third match of the tournament on Saturday to set up their summit clash against the Olympic silver medallist. India scored through Harmanpreet Singh, Dilpreet Singh and Mandeep Singh while Kane Russell was the lone scorer for New Zealand.

Belgium, on the other hand, sealed their berth after beating Japan 4-1.

New Zealand needed at least a draw to progress to the summit clash but World No.6 India proved too hot to handle.

Hockey World League (HWL) bronze medallists India began the tournament with a 6-0 thrashing of Japan on Wednesday. However, they went down 0-2 to world no.3 Belgium in their second game on Thursday before sealing the final spot by beating the hosts on Saturday.