Pakistan edged past defending champions New Zealand 4-3 in the opening match of the Sultan Azlan Shah hockey tournament on Saturday.

Pakistan was helped by three goals from their captain Imran Muhammad, who converted penalty corners in the 19th, 28th and 58th minutes.

The other goal came from Hazeen Khan Abdul in the 21st minute.

For the losers, Russell Kane converted a penalty corner in the 30th minute, Tarrant Blair scored a field goal in the 52nd minute. Besides, a penalty corner conversion came from defender Hayward Andy in the 56th minute.

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