Commonwealth Games 2018: Harmanpreet Singh's brace helps India qualify for semi-finals with win over Malaysia

Gold Coast: A profligate Indian hockey team huffed and puffed into the Commonwealth Games semi-finals after beating lower-ranked Malaysia 2-1 in a draining Pool B encounter on Tuesday.

Drag-flick specialist Harmanpreet Singh (3rd minute and 44th minute) scored twice from penalty corners to steer India to the win. Faizal Saari (16th minute) pulled off the lone goal for Malaysia.

 Commonwealth Games 2018: Harmanpreet Singhs brace helps India qualify for semi-finals with win over Malaysia

Harmanpreet Singh scored twice from penalty corners as India beat Malaysia 2-1. AFP

India earned as many as nine penalty corners during the match, the first of which came just two minutes into the game. Harmanpreet converted it to give the team an early advantage.

The Malaysians claimed one of their own in the sixth minute but Razie Rahim missed out on the opportunity to equalise for his team.

However, Malaysia did not have to wait too long to put themselves on the scoreboard as Faizal Saari sounded the board with a field goal in the 16th minute.

India had the chance to reclaim the lead but Varun Kumar failed to convert a penalty corner, hitting it wide in the 18th minute.

In the 22nd minute, Mandeep Singh came close to scoring but his attempt was saved by Malaysian goalkeeper Hairi Abd Rahman.

Indian goalkeeper PR Sreejesh produced a strong performance to thwart the Malaysian onslaught in the second half, including two penalty corner saves.

India had a chance to consolidate the lead but Harmanpreet missed out on completing a hat-trick when his penalty corner shot was saved by Rahman in the 58th minute.

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Updated Date: Apr 10, 2018 09:07:01 IST