India defeated hosts Malaysia by a margin of two goals in their third game of the ongoing Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament in Ipoh. Sumit and Sumit Kumar scored for India in the first half while Varun Kumar and Mandeep Singh found the back of the net in the second one to help India win.
Indian Men's Hockey Team came up with a determined performance to beat Malaysia 4-2 in an exciting encounter here at the 28th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2019 on Tuesday. This was India's second win after beating Japan 2-0 in the first match, while they drew the second match against Korea 1-1.
The two teams began the first quarter with powerful
India adapted to full-press, putting their best defence on display. Vice Skipper Surender Kumar continued to remain the main-man for India in the backline thoroughly supported by the experienced Birendra Lakra, making important connections that helped the
Soon after, Malaysia rallying on a good counter attack won their second PC of the match. Though their first attempt was well-saved by PR Sreejesh, who replaced Krishan after the first quarter, Razie Rahim did not disappoint his home crowd as he struck low to give Malaysia an equaliser in the 21st minute.
The match remained tensed, truly living up to
The third quarter was intense with both teams rallying on counter attacks but India remained determined. They challenged the Malaysian defence with solid circle entries, Mandeep Singh worked his magic yet again winning India another important PC. Taken by
Though Malaysia had made numerous attempts on goal in the third quarter, including a PC, an alert Krishan who had come back to the post did well to keep India's lead. The fourth quarter, though saw Malaysia score a field goal through Firhan Ashari in the 57th minute who did well to beat Sreejesh at
Birendra Lakra was named the man-of-the-match for his efforts in helping India defend their lead.