New Zealand grabbed their first win in their third game at the men's Azlan Shah hockey tournament in Ipoh, Malaysia tonight.

After draws against the hosts and Canada, the eighth-ranked Black Sticks, defending their title from last year, needed maximum points against Pakistan and a three-goal burst in four minutes late in the third quarter proved decisive in the 5-3 win.

Pakistan led early through Muhammad Arslan; Stephen Jenness equalised before captain Simon Child put New Zealand in front with a fine solo goal.

Muhammad Irfan scored Pakistan's second after a penalty corner shot ricocheted across the New Zealand goal to the unmarked Irfan.

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However Nic Woods (twice) and Kane Russell scored from successive penalty corners to decide the match, before Arslan got his second for Pakistan.

New Zealand next play Japan tonight.