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Highlights Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2017, India vs Malaysia, hockey scores and updates: India bow out after loss to Malaysia

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May 05, 2017 - 19:47 (IST)

And that's it from the Azlan Shah Stadium in Ipoh. Once again, India have lost to hosts Malaysia 0-1. But they will play on Saturday for the bronze medal against the Kiwis. See you then.

May 05, 2017 - 19:46 (IST)

IT'S BEEN A DAY OF UPSETS. FIRST JAPAN STUNNED AUSTRALIA 3-2. AND NOW MALAYSIA HAVE BEATEN INDIA 1-0. THEY HAVE PREVENTED INDIA FROM ENTERING THE AZLAN SHAH FINAL.

ON SATURDAY, IT WILL BE AUSTRALIA VS GREAT BRITAIN FOR THE GOLD; INDIA VS NEW ZEALAND FOR THE BRONZE; AND MALAYSIA VS JAPAN FOR THE 5TH/6TH PLACE.

May 05, 2017 - 19:44 (IST)

INDIA HAVE LOST 0-1 TO MALAYSIA. THEY WERE IN THE FINAL IN THE LAST EDITION BUT WILL NOW PLAY ON SATURDAY FOR THE 3RD/4TH PLACE WITH NEW ZEALAND. LOT OF INTROSPECTION TO DO FOR INDIA. TWO GOALS WASN'T A BIG TARGET. BUT THEY HAVE LET THEMSELVES DOWN.

May 05, 2017 - 19:42 (IST)

INDIA IS OUT OF THE RECKONING FOR A FINAL PLACE. SURENDER SWINGS AND MISSES THE BALL. THAT SUMS UP THE EVENING FOR INDIA. AUSTRALIA NOW PLAY GB IN THE AZLAN FINAL. INDIA WILL PLAY THE KIWIS FOR A BRONZE MEDAL. INDIAN PLAYERS ARE ON THEIR KNEES. IT'S BEEN A BAD DISPLAY. MALAYSIA PLAYED THEIR BEST MATCH.

May 05, 2017 - 19:39 (IST)

India waste their PC. It's difficult now as India cannot score three goals in the last one minute. India are almost out of the running for a Final Berth. (01:24, 4th Q)

May 05, 2017 - 19:38 (IST)

Manpreet Singh goes into the striking circle and India have their 5th PC. They need a goal now. (02:56, 4th Q)

May 05, 2017 - 19:36 (IST)

Harmanpreet Singh's push probably hits a Malaysian player on the leg. India go for a referral asking for another PC. But NO PC for India again. (03:21, 4th Q)

May 05, 2017 - 19:34 (IST)

With less than four minutes left, India have their 4th PC. Can they pull one back? (03:40, 4th Q)

May 05, 2017 - 19:32 (IST)

Sardar tries to go through. But the Malaysians are sticking to each and every player. No space is given. (04:53, 4th Q)

May 05, 2017 - 19:30 (IST)

Akash Chikte is off the field as India push in eleven players. Time is running out for India. It's been an exceptionally bad display till now. Rupinder Pal Singh skies a cross - this is exactly what has happened. Just no firepower. (06:26, 4th Q)

Ipoh, Malaysia: Mandeep Singh struck a hat-trick as India staged a strong comeback to beat Japan 4-3 in a league match of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament in Ipoh on Wednesday.

Mandeep Singh struck in the 45th, 51st and 58th minutes after defender Rupinder Pal Singh (sixth minute) had powered home a penalty corner to hand an early lead to India.

Japan fought back through Kazuma Murata (10th minute), Heita Yoshihara (43rd minute) and Genki Mitani (45th minute).

Mandeep thus became the third player to score a hat-trick in the tournament after the Australian pair of Trent Mitton and Tom Craig.

Highlights Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2017 India vs Malaysia hockey scores and updates India bow out after loss to Malaysia

The Indian hockey team in action at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. Image courtesy: Twitter/@TheHockeyIndia

India now have seven points from four matches. They had started their campaign with a 2-2 draw with title contenders Britain in the opening match of the tournament.

They had then defeated New Zealand 3-1 before going down by a similar margin to favourites Australia on Tuesday.

India will now take on hosts Malaysia in their last match of the league stage on Friday.

It was a fast paced match which saw an aggressive India enjoy the bigger share of ball possession while Japan relied on speedy counter-attacks.

To their credit, the spirited Japanese took the lead twice but the Indians did well to stage comebacks on both occasions.

Despite being the higher rated team, the Indians struggled to contain their opponents and their defence was repeatedly caught on the wrong foot by the fast counter-attacks by the Japanese.

Indian coach Roelant Oltmans will also be worried by the poor penalty corner conversion rate. The Indians got five penalty corners and barring the first one, the rest were wasted.

There was plenty of action in the first 15 minutes with India putting Japan on the backfoot by constantly attacking them and making space in the penalty circle.

It was Rupinder who showed innovative dribbling skills to penetrate the circle and take a shot at the goal in the initial minutes of the first quarter but he was slightly off target with the shot going wide.

But he made up almost immediately when Talwinder Singh -- who was playing his 50th international match -- won India their first penalty corner. Rupinder improvised on the injunction by Sardar Singh to fire the ball into the top left of the goal giving Japan goalkeeper Suguro Shimmoto little chance to react.

But Japan were quick to hit back when Masaki Ohashi set up their first goal with a square pass to Murata who deflected the ball past Indian custodian Akash Chikte.

India had an opportunity to regain the lead when they won a penalty corner in the dying minutes of the first quarter. But Harmanpreet Singh's flick rebounded off a Japan defender. Though Affan Yousuf found the rebound and took a shot on goal, his attempt went wide.

India dominated ball possession to keep the pressure on Japan in the second quarter. Though they won a penalty corner in the 26th minute, Rupinder's flick went wide.

India were quick to get off the block in the third quarter. Rupinder did well to assist forward S.V. Sunil who made space in the circle to attempt a field goal. But the Japanese defenders made the task tough for the experienced Sunil who couldn't make a strong enough connect to the ball.

Heita Yoshihara was the hero of the third quarter for Japan as he came up with a speedy dribble to carry the ball from the half way line and beat Indian defender Gurinder Singh to score a sensational goal at the far post to give Japan a 2-1 lead.

But India equalised when Mandeep claimed a dramatic goal when he touched the ball assisted by Harmanpreet Singh to deflect it into the post.

Japan reclaimed the lead in the final minute of the third quarter when they again beat the Indian defenders and Mitani found the target.

India won a crucial penalty corner in the 46th minute, but Japan goalkeeper Suguro Shimmoto did well to pad away a fiercely struck dragflick by Rupinder.

However, the Indians held their nerve, came up with good counter attacking skills and fought back to level terms for the second time in the match when Mandeep scored his second goal with a perfect deflection of Talwinder's assist from the baseline.

Mandeep won a penalty corner soon after Sardar Singh showcased brilliant dribbling skills to find space in the circle. However, defender Harmanpreet Singh fired wide from back-to-back penalty corners.

The final few minutes saw tense, end to end action with both teams keeping up a frenetic pace.

But Mandeep clinched the issue for India with a fierce reverse hit after an assist by Rupinder.

 

With inputs from IANS

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