India mauls Malaysia 5-1 to stay afloat in Azlan Shah Cup

  • India mauls Malaysia 5-1 to stay afloat in Azlan Shah Cup

India mauls Malaysia 5-1 to stay afloat in Azlan Shah Cup

Hopes were raised after earlier as Argentina and England drew 1-1 but Malaysia failed to take advantage.

After a goalless second quarter, Malaysia equalised the issue in the 33th minute when the hosts got their first Penalty Corner (PC) and Faizal Saari made no mistake in converting it.

Tonight (Wednesday, 8.30pm), Malaysia, ranked World No 12 take to the field to play against Asian giants India in the fourth match, with their final round robin match against England to be played this Friday. Conceding a penalty corner three minutes into the third quarter didnt help their cause as Saari was bang on target to score past Karkera to draw level in the 33rd minute. His diving effort ensured the ball went past Suraj Karkera fetching the Australians a 2-0 lead in the 35th minute. Argentina are second on seven points, with Malaysia a point behind them and England on five points. India did well to dominate with ball possession while their defence stuck to their guns to deny a goal.

Even though he could not repeat the goal scoring heroics of the hat-trick scored when Malaysia beat Ireland 4-1 in the first match, the Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) star is obviously the "marshal" for the national team.

Meanwhile, Surender Kumar, Shilanand Lakra and Sumit Kumar worked in tandem to win the first penalty corner of the match in the second quarter but Amit Rohidas's flick was blocked away.

It was a do-or-die match for India and their intent was evident right from the start as they attacked the Australian circle constantly. An attentive Gurjant then tapped the ball into the post to fetch India the much-needed 2-1 lead.

Gurjant Singh then scored twice and was supported by Sumit Kumar and Ramandeep Singh.

Australian skipper Mark Knowles was accurate in his attempt as he sent the ball past Krishan Pathak like a bolt, giving Australia a 1-0 lead.

Table toppers Australia scored through Mark Knowles (28'), Aran Zalewski (35'), Daniel Beale (38') and Blake Govers (40'), while India's response came via Ramandeep Singh (52', 53').