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Mahmood hat-trick sinks Black Sticks

Mahmood hat-trick sinks Black Sticks

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<p>A hat-trick from Abu Mahmood has seen Pakistan overcome the Vantage Black Sticks Men 4-2</p>
<p class="">A hat-trick from Pakistan drag flicker Abu Mahmood has seen his side overcome the Vantage Black Sticks Men 4-2 in the third test in Wellington.<br>
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Pakistan played with a raised intensity following Saturday night’s 2-2 draw, with a glut of penalty corner attempts proving too much for the Kiwis to stop.<br>
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Holding a 1-0 lead at halftime, Pakistan charged ahead with Mahmood delivering three second half flicks past the New Zealand penalty corner defence. <br>
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Head coach Darren Smith said while it was a disappointing result, it was a good learning experience for many of the younger players.<br>
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“We started pretty well but got caught in the second and third quarters. Pakistan’s basic skills were very good and they scored some nice corners,” he said.<br>
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“At time we found it hard to find our passes and structure and were ineffective going forward but when we were down we actually played some really good hockey.<br>
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“We’ve got a high quality group of boys here and some of them are playing their first internationals and are doing a good job. We need to do better and we’ll move on to Wairarapa now with plenty of motivation.”<br>
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Pakistan seized the momentum early in the match and were first to score thanks to a penalty corner strike from Abdul Haseem Khan in the sixth minute.<br>
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Carrying a one goal lead into halftime, Pakistan doubled their advantage just minutes after the break when Mahmood slammed a drag flick low and into the side of the goal.<br>
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Mahmood brought up his double in the 35<sup>th</sup> minute with almost an instant replay of his first goal, following another penalty corner.<br>
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The Black Sticks responded in the 45<sup>th</sup> minute with Cory Bennett ripping home a penalty corner flick.<br>
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Mahmood scored his third with a 53<sup>rd</sup> minute strike before Stephen Jenness send home an absolute screamer with an upright reverse right on the stroke of fulltime.<br>
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With the series locked up at 1-1, the Vantage Black Sticks and Pakistan now head to Wairarapa for the fourth and fifth tests on 22<sup>nd</sup> and 23<sup>rd</sup> March at Trust House Hockey Wairarapa in Clareville.<br>
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Presale tickets are <a href="https://secure.ticketdesq.com/book/index.cfm?fuseaction=book1&amp;TicketDesqID=2050&amp;OrgID=10159">still on sale through the Hockey New Zealand website</a>, and gate sales are also available for both tests.<br>
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VANTAGE BLACK STICKS 2:</strong> (Cory Bennett, Stephen Jenness)<br>
<strong>PAKISTAN 4:</strong> (Abu Mahmood 3, Abdul Haseem Khan)<br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> Pakistan 1-0<br>
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