Disappointments aside, India look for an encore against Pakistan
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 0:10
Malaysia, banking on counterattacks, began the proceedings by forcing two successive penalty corners in the third minute. India have only themselves to blame for this defeat.
"While our first aim is to do well in the pool stage and do well against opponents like South Africa and argentina, our big target is to qualify for the World Cup next year". But Razie Rahim's flick was blocked away by India's first runner with the umpire awarding another PC to Malaysia. Malaysia keeper Subramiam came up with a brilliant save to deny Akashdeep Singh when he was set up by Chinglensana for a goal. Malaysia, on the other hand, were compact in their defensive structure initially and also troubled India's backline. They made it through to the quarters by defeating Scotland 3-1 but were knocked out by Argentina by the same scoreline in the last eight.
Other than beating China on Tuesday, Malaysia have tasted success against Korea 1-0 and have lost matches against Argentina (2-5) and England (3-7).
Tajuddin doubled Malaysia's lead in the very next minute when he fired home from another penalty corner.
Pak's BAT attack in J&K: 2 Indian soldiers & one attacker
Earlier in the day, an attempt of armed intrusion by Pakistan's Border Action Team (BAT) in Poonch this year was foiled at 2 p.m. Prior to that, a BAT attack was carried out on February 18 but there were no casualties in that.
Malaysia, ranked 22 in the world, started off well by taking the lead off their first penalty corner, converted by skipper Siti Noor Amarina Ruhani in the third minute at the Fallon Stadium.
Down by two goals, it was time for India to bounce back strongly into the game and they did exactly that and levelled the scores with two goals in a span of two minutes.
Another area which would be high on Oltmans' mind is the unimpressive performance of young Harmanpreet Singh from penalty corners.
As India took the attack route, Malaysia preferred rely on counter-attacks. Picking up an aerial pass deep in the Indian territory, Tengku had a chance to put Malaysia ahead in the 17th minute, but sent a reverse shot straight into goalkeeper Dahiya's chest.