India bow to Malaysia

Despite the loss, India still top the seven-team table with 10 points and they will have to beat Egypt in their last fixture on Saturday to make it to the summit clash.

Malaysia, on the other hand, jumped to the second spot with eight points after Wednesday’s win, their biggest-ever against India.

Malaysia sounded the board through Mohamed Amin Rahim (27th, 48th minute), Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin (39th), Mohamed Razie (41st) and Nasir Azreen Rizal (60th minute) while the Indian marksmen were Danish Mujtaba (44th) and Ravi Pal Singh (67th).

India needed to beat Malaysia to secure their place in Sunday’s final but they seemed complacent throughout the match.

The Indians looked rusty and lacked the cohesion and flair which they exhibited in their 4-3 upset over world champions Australia in their previous match.

India earned seven penalty corners but could convert only only one of them with a rebound by Danish Mujtaba in the 44th minute.

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