Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2018: India Register First Win, Defeat Hosts Malaysia

| March 7 , 2018 , 19:50 IST

It took India four matches to register a win, but they finally managed against hosts Malaysia in a magnificent fashion. They won by 5-1 on Wednesday.

Coming off from a heartbreaking loss to Australia of 4-2, the closely contested defeat would’ve stung the team. More so than the one they faced against Argentina in their first game. Looking to right their wrongs in the fourth game of the tournament, they defeated a high-flying Malaysian side comprehensively in Ipoh.

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It had been a good attacking start from India. Sumit almost got the ball in the area but he touched it wide of the goal post. India kept the maximum of the possession and were not letting Malaysia take much control.

Eventually, their intent reaped them some reward and they took the lead through Shilanand Lakra. A good pass from Gurjant Singh freed Lakra who scored from a tight angle. They took this lead into the first quarter.

The Penalty Corner misses still frustrated the Indian Contingent, and the resemblance to previous matches started to appear. Defence having nervy moments as the first half came to a close saw a swung of momentum towards Malaysia.

The hosts were awarded a penalty corner early into the first half and unlike their opponents, they thoroughly capitalized on it to level the score.

It would appear that this was the wake-up call that the Indians needed as they took the onus on themselves to not let the past mistakes from repeating.

They immediately replied via Gurjant Singh to take the lead of the game again. The third quarter finished with a 2-1 scoreline. In this tournament, India have performed their best in the fourth quarter and they did so better than ever in this match.

A goal from Sumit Kumar opened the floodgates for Indian bombardment, and before the game finished Ramandeep Singh also found himself on the scoreline as Gurjant Singh added another in the dying minutes of the game. The final scoreline resonated a complete performance by coach Sjoerd Marijne’s team of a 5-1 thumping.

They face bottom-placed Ireland on March 9.