New Zealand Current Affairs - 2019
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New Zealand has won the 24th edition of Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament 2015 for second time.
In the final match, New Zealand defeated World Champions Australia by 3-1 goals in the penalty shoot-out. In regulation 60 minutes time, both teams had tied at 2-2 goals.
Earlier, New Zealand had won the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament in 2012. It is third time Australia came as runner-ups position in tournament (1999, 2006 and 2015).
India won the bronze i.e. finished third by defeating South Korea by 4-1 goals in the penalty shoot-out after both the teams were tied at 2-2 at regulation time.
About Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament
- It is an annual tournament held in Malaysia and was established in 1983.
- Initially it was a biennial tournament but since 1998, it is played every year.
- Named after 9th king of Malaysia and ‘Father of Malaysian Hockey’ Sultan Azlan Shah.
- Australia has won the tournament for record 8 times in 1983, 1996, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2013 and 2014.
New Zealand cricketer Kyle Mills on 1 April 2014 announced retirement from international cricket.
He made this announcement after New Zealand lost to Australia in ICC World Cup 2015 final.
Kyle Mills cricket career spanned 14 years. In his entire cricket career he had played 19 Tests matches, 170 One Day Internationals (ODIs) and 42 T20s.
He had made his international debut in a ODI against Pakistan in 2001 and test debut in 2004 against England.
In 170 ODI matches he had taken 240 wickets, second highest wicket taker among New Zealand bowlers after Daniel Vettori. In 19 tests matches, he had taken 44 wickets and 43 wickets in his 42 Twenty20 internationals.