India defeated Malaysia 6-2 in their Super 4 tie of Asia Cup hockey in Dhaka on Thursday.
India had an impressive run of form in the group stages as they dominated their opponents and were qualifying for the next round with an unbeaten record, but in last match South Korea almost broke that streak. India struggled against defending champions South Korea in the first round robin encounter and it took a late strike from Gurjant Singh to escape from losing.
All faults from previous game were rectified and were back in form to face Malaysia. As a result, India thrashed Malaysia 6-2 in the Super 4 stage of Asia Cup hockey in Dhaka on Thursday.
India scored five field goals through Akashdeep Singh (14th minute), SK Uthappa(24th), Gurjant Singh (33rd), SV Sunil (40th) and Sardar Singh (60th), while Harmanpreet Singh converted a penalty corner in the 19th minute. Malaysia’s goals came from the sticks of Razie Rahim (50th – PC) and Ramadan Rosli (59th).
In another Super 4s match, Korea and Pakistan saw a 1-1 draw. From today’s win, India now have four points from two games and secured the top position followed by Malaysia with three points, Korea with two points and Pakistan with one point.
The top two in the Super 4s will play in finals and other two will face each other for the third place.
India will next play against their arch rivals Pakistan on Saturday whom they have already beaten 3-1 in the pool stage.