A fantastic win by India!
Asian Champions Trophy 2016, highlights: India beat Malaysia 2-1, top group
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
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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.
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