India recovered from their 3-2 loss to Australia by putting four past Malaysia in the Four Nations Invitational Tournament in Melbourne. Nikkin Thimmaiah grabbed a brace and Akashdeep Singh got his first of the campaign, while Rupinder Pal Singh got his customary goal from a penalty corner.
India got off to a good start with Sardar Singh dominating proceedings early on, but it was Talwinder Singh who created the first opening for India with a long run down the left wing. He put the ball into a dangerous area but no other player in blue was backing up into the circle.
With 5 minutes to go in the first quarter, Rupinder's bad pass handed Malaysia their first chance of the match but Akash
India had to wait till the 24th minute to break the deadlock and it came through Nikkin Thimmaiah. The forward scored the goal, but it was all down to the magic of Sardar in the centre of the park that gave India the lead. Sardar collected the ball in the middle of the field and played a brilliant ball between the Malaysian defence to Thimmaiah. The 25-year-old beat his man easily and placed the ball into the net past the Malaysian goalkeeper Kumar Subramaniam.
At the halfway point, both teams had managed just 2 shots apiece on
Malaysia took full advantage of the extra man as they
Sardar pushed the ball on the penalty corner and the PC expert Rupinder Pal Singh put the ball into the top left corner of the goal to give India the lead for the second time in the game. Malaysia
Malaysia came back strong in the second half, after Satbir and
With the win, India