Salima Tete scored the only goal for India in the 50th minute as it went down to world No.1 Netherlands 1-3 in its second friendly hockey tie at the picturesque Cape Town on Thursday.
Netherlands made a sensational start with a fourth-minute goal from Marijn Veen. It doubled the lead in the 13th minute with yet another field goal -- this time by Lidewij Welten.
She also scored the third goal in the 29th minute.
In the 50th minute, Salima brought some respite for India with a fine penalty-corner conversion.
India had lost the first friendly to the Dutch by the same margin.
India had earlier beaten South Africa thrice while drawing a game in the four-match series.
It will conclude its tour with the last match against the Netherlands on January 28.