A fantastic win by India!
That's it from Kuantan.
India have topped the group with 13 points. They are the No.1 team and will play the No.4 team in the group which will be decided tomorrow.
India clears and the match is won by India 2-1. Chikte and Rupinder Pal Singh are the stars in this win.
But Chikte saves.
Pakistan's umpire Rasool Haider gives Malaysia a penalty corner. India don't have a referral. Great chance for Malaysia.
It's down to seconds now. Can India hold on to the lead?
India still down to ten men. Just over a minute left.
Malaysia looking for the equaliser now.
Malaysia have pulled off their GK Kumar and brought in a field player.
About two minutes left in the game. It's Rupinder's 10th goal of the tournament and second of the match.
And India get the GOAL... It's a powerful flick from Rupinder Pal Singh. India lead 2-1.
Yes, It's India's PC. Can they score off the 4th? Tense.
And India get a PC. Malaysia now want a video referral.
India survive. Just about three minutes left. Scores are tied 1-1 at the moment. Crowd getting restive as they want a Malaysian win.
But the Malaysian's flick sails wide.
Can Chikte pull off a save?
Malaysia have a great opportunity for the match-winner. They have their 5th PC.
Under five minutes left...this is going to be tense for India...
Video Umpire overrules it. Free hit for Malaysia.
India is going for a video referral as they believe the ball was raised by a Malaysian stick in the Malaysian circle.
Malaysia miss an opportunity. Close call for India.
Shahril's raised hit inside the Indian cricle hits his own teammate Haziq Samsul. India will have to play the long ball to keep Malaysia away and look for a counter.
Game flow is back in the Indian circle. It will be tough for India to keep the hosts away. Down to ten men, India is hard pressed. Shahril's raised hit inside the Indian cricle hits his own teammate Haziq Samsul.
Sensing India is on the defensive, Malaysia are pressing down the middle.
Surender has got a yellow which means India will be down to ten men for ten minutes. Almost the whole 4th quarter.
Murray having a word with Rupinder Pal Singh too.
Surender Kumar gets a green card. Bad timing to get one.
And the decision is turned over. Free hit to Malaysia.
Murray points for India's 4th PC but Malaysia has asked for a video referral.
Nikkin is back on the field.
Sundeep Mishra from Malaysia: Sardar in a more defensive role in this game urging his team to play up. India need to be wary of Malaysia's speed on the break.
Sundeep Mishra from Malaysia: The last quarter will be close. Both teams have shown enough attacking prowess to win the match in the 4th quarter. Could even be decided by a PC.
3rd quarter is over and in the last minute, India did press but couldn't get the fluidity into their attacks. India getting bunched up in the middle and not stretching the flanks.
Lakra's raised shot hits Nikkin on the thigh. He is off the field.
Sundeep Mishra from Malaysia: India will have to take control of the midfield. Malaysia are easily coming up to the Indian circle.
India's reserve goalkeeper comes to the rescue taking the flick on the gloves. India survive the assault.
Malaysia keeps up the pressure and gets their 4th PC. Can India save this?
Indian defence deflects away the low strike.
Malaysia attacks and gets their 3rd PC. The hosts can take the lead here.
Ferocious flick by Rupinder but Kumar dives to his left and gloves it away. Malaysia survive.
India get their 3rd PC. Can they strike here and take the lead?
Malaysia have a counter as the strike races across the face of the Indian goal.
Malaysia almost gave it away but Ramandeep shot out after entering the hosts' striking circle.
Malaysia trying to get into the Indian striking circle. But the defence is tight. No loose balls yet.
Sundeep Mishra from Malaysia: Teams a bit cautious at the moment.
Lakra is back on the pitch after his suspension. It's important for India to have Lakra at the back.
Teams are back for the 3rd quarter.
The Indian defence rock solid in the 1st quarter was slightly shaky at the end of the 2nd quarter.
It's the break after 2 quarters as the scores stand at 1-1. India scored through Rupinder and then Malaysia equalised when Razie Rahim flicked home the 2nd PC. It's been speedy with some super moves from both the sides.
Kuantan: On a high after their morale-boosting win over arch-rivals Pakistan and China, India now eye another win against hosts Malaysia to finish top of the round-robin league stage of the fourth Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament.
India beat China 9-0 on Tuesday, one day before the encounter against Malaysia. The runaway 10-2 victory against Japan and the 3-2 win against Pakistan in an intense sub-continental contest has kept top-ranked India on course for the leading spot in the round-robin league, which could also ensure them a favorable semi-final fixture.
But the draw against South Korea means India are two points behind Malaysia, who have gathered the maximum 12 points from four outings. The only way India can top the group is with a win over the hosts.
Defending champions Pakistan are still on three points after suffering two losses, but have two easy outings against Japan and China.
The victory over Pakistan has reinvigorated the Indian team that was stunned by the spirited show from South Korea the previous day, but team coach Roelant Oltmans says the boys need to improve on yesterday's fine show.
"We were much stronger than Pakistan, but we need to raise our game further. We can improve on this performance," said Oltmans.
Missing some key players who are recuperating from injuries, coach Oltmans says the return to competitive hockey after the post-Olympic break has provided opportunity to several youngsters to showcase their skills.
But he was not very happy with the errors committed in defence, that allowed space for Pakistani strikers to have cracks at the Indian goal.
Published Date: Oct 26, 2016 05:58 pm | Updated Date: Oct 26, 2016 07:51 pm
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