Asia Cup: India combat again to attract 3-3 in opposition to Malaysia in thrilling match


India fought again brilliantly from a two-goal deficit to take a 3-2 lead earlier than a purpose 5 minutes earlier than the top of the match, helped Malaysia maintain the defending champions 3-3 in a Tremendous 4s pool recreation within the Asia Cup hockey match in Indonesia on Sunday (Might 29).
The Indians, performed poorly within the first half, have been completely defensive and couldn’t produce a single shot a the Malaysia purpose. Malaysia capitalised on the passive play by the Indians and scored as soon as within the first two quarters by penalty nook skilled Razie Rahim to take 2-0 lead.
The younger Indian workforce got here again strongly within the second half, launched some very good assaults, managed the midfield and defended properly to attain thrice by Visnhukant Singh (thirty first min), SV Sunil (52nd) and Nilam Sanjeep Xess (54th) minute to take 3-2 lead. Razie Rahim accomplished a well-deserved hat-trick when he transformed one other penalty nook to make it 3-3 5 minutes earlier than the top of the match.
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The draw put India on par with Korea on the high of the standings with 4 factors every from a win and a draw. Malaysia are third with two factors from two attracts whereas Japan are on the backside of the Tremendous 4s desk after two losses.
India fought again brilliantly after taking place 2-0 in a primary half by which they did not have a single shot on the Malaysian purpose, didn’t earn a single penalty nook regardless of having fun with a barely higher ball possession.
The defenders conceded three straightforward penalty corners and Malaysian drag-flicker Rahim Razie capitalised on two of them to place his workforce forward.
The Malaysians scored as soon as every within the two quarters — Rahim scoring the targets in an identical vogue, flicking low to the fitting of goalkeeper Suraj Karkera.
The Indian coach Sardar Singh modified his goalkeeper, bringing in Pankaj Rajak. The tongue lashing by the coach within the half-time break appears to work wonders because the Indians got here again beautifully and pulled one purpose again inside seconds of the restart.
On a counter-attack, after Malaysia have been thwarted by goalie Rajak, India earned their first penalty nook of the match and scored when Vishnukant Singh scored off a rebound after goalkeeper Othman Hafizuddin had blocked Nilam Sanjeep Xess’ very good drag-flick.
Malaysia created a few good probabilities however have been thwarted by the Indian defenders however India continued to play attacking hockey and wrested the initiative again from Malaysia.
That they had an opportunity to equaliser when SV Sunil and Uttam Singh mixed after the latter had stolen the ball from a Malaysian participant. However Sunil was fouled and India earned their second penalty nook. Sunil’s shot off an oblique variation was cleared by the goalkeeper. Simply earlier than the top of the third quarter, goalkeeper Rajak thwarted Malaysian ahead Saari’s try at purpose.
The top-to-end motion continued within the third quarter too as India got here out attacking as soon as once more and made it 2-2 within the 52nd minute when Pawan Rajbhar arrange SV Sunil with an excellent run after dispossessing a Malaysian midfielder. Sunil struck residence with a strong shot from an acute angle to tug India again into the match.
And two minutes later, the Indians have been celebrating as soon as once more, this time for taking a 3-2 lead as Nilam Sanjeep Xess transformed a penalty nook with an outstanding drag-flick in between goalkeeper Hafizuddin and a defender.
However India’s happiness was short-lived as Rahim accomplished his hat-trick within the fifty fifth minute by changing their fifth penalty nook to make it 3-3.
Although India performed the final two minutes with 10-men as Mandeep Singh was out with a inexperienced card, they managed to carry on to the place and achieve one level from the match.


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