It has been a dramatic turnaround for India in world hockey after the shocking performance at the Olympics this year where they finished last among 12 teams in the fray.
On Sunday, India recovered from conceding an early self-goal against the Black Sticks. Akashdeep Singh (10th minute), Gurwinder Singh Chandi (14th minute), VR Raghunath (25th minute) and Danish Mujtaba (65th minute) scored for the team. For the Kiwis, Nicholas Wilson scored at the 37th minute.
In another game, England scripted a surprise 4-1 win over the Olympic champions Germany. India will take on Germany on Tuesday.
India had lost 1-3 to New Zealand and 2-5 to Germany in the Olympic earlier this year.