India beat Malaysia 2-1 thanks to Rupinder Pal Singh’s brace

Rupinder Pal Singh continued his smashing goal scoring run at the Asian Champions Trophy to give India a 2-1 lead in the final group game.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: October 26, 2016 7:56 pm
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India finished the round robin stages of the Asian Champions Trophy with a 2-1 win when they took on Malaysia in Kuantan. The 2011 champions India defied both the Malaysian side which had won all three of its matches and the crowd support as well.

Rupinder Pal Singh continued his sublime touch from the penalty corners to score a goal in the first quarter and Malaysia pulled one back with Razie Rahim in the second quarter to bring parity at the break.

Into the final quarter, India were reduced to ten men after Surender Kumar was yellow carded with 11 minutes to be played. This gave Malaysia the chance to create pressure on the Indian goal and they did with three penalty corners to their name but none were converted with goalkeeper Akash Chikte producing a sublime game to defy the hosts on numerous instances.

But with three minutes to be played, India got a penalty corner of their own and Rupinder was again on hand to give India the goal and a win.

Malaysia had another chance with a minute to be played but that was parried away by Chikte to help India win the contest and finish the group stages with yet another win. This one wasn’t a dominant one as the 10-2 and 9-0 earlier but it highlighted India’s resolve when put under pressure.

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Last time India took the field, they were resounding 9-0 winners

India thrashed China 9-0 to stay in the hunt for top spot in the round-robin league competition of the fourth Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament on Tuesday.
Akashdeep Singh, Yousuf Affan and Jasjit Singh Kumar scored two goals each as India steamrolled the Chinese defence. The Indians were looking to equal their 10-goal feat against Japan in this tournament when the hooter ended the contest.
Rupinder Pal Singh, captaining India in this contest, Nikkin Thimmaiah and Lalit Upadhyay also made entries in the score-sheet as India boosted their points tally to 10 from four matches, one of which was drawn.
India will take on hosts Malaysia on Wednesday with both teams in contention for top spot in the round-robin league standings. Malaysia have nine points from three successive victories.
India went into this game without ace goalkeeper P R Sreejesh, who was seen wearing a brace on his left ankle. This paved the way for the coaches to give for a full game to goalkeeper Akash Chikte, who did well to ward off two penalty corner shots in a game otherwise played in the Chinese territory.
Akashdeep opened the Indian account in the ninth minute when he intercepted a back-pass among Chinese defenders and beat goalkeeper Wang Hong Yu with a shot from the top of the circle that went into the net.
Akashdeep was also in the picture for India’s second goal in the 18th minute as he squared the ball to unmarked Affan in a brisk raid. Affan sent a well-directed push into the boards. Jasjit swapped passes with Talwinder Singh in the scoring zone before scoring with a fine reverse shot that wrong-footed the custodian in the 22nd minute before Rupinder converted the first penalty corner three minutes later to give India a 4-0 lead at half-time.
India’s highest goal-getter with eight penalty corner conversions in this tournament, Rupinder is also the highest scorer of the tournament so far. Rupinder also sent the second Indian penalty corner into the net, but the goal was cancelled on video review sought by the Chinese team.
Thimmaiah made it 5-0 after he got a short forward pass inside the circle from Surender Kumar in the 34th minute before China earned the two successive penalty corners. Goalkeeper Chikte did well to palm away a rising drag-flick from Chinese penalty corner shooter Cheng Xi Yuan in the 36th minute.
A minute later, Upadhyay shot on target for India’s sixth goal after receiving a square ball from Affan inside the scoring circle that beat the Chinese goalkeeper. Upadhyay had all the time to control the ball and then flick it into an open goal.
Akashdeep then scored his second goal in the 39th minute as he picked the ball on the left flank and moved square to shoot home from the top of the circle. China managed to earn their third penalty corner in the 40th minute, but ended up conceding a goal at the other end.
In a quick turnaround, Sardar Singh sent a cross from left on which Affan capitalised for his second goal. Jasjit rounded off the Indian scoring in the 51st minute with his second strike in a goalmouth scrimmage that saw the defenders ward off two Indian tries before Jasjit’s shot sounded the boards.

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The Indian team available for the contest:

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Penalty corner: Less than five minutes into the contest and India have a penalty corner. However the Malaysia keeper produces a big save to deny Rupinder Pal Singh.

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3:31 remaining in the first quarter and India have another penalty corner. First shot by Rupinder Pal Singh is blocked by the defender on the line and the rebound falls kindly to him again and this time there is no mistake. The ball is smashed into the corner and India lead 1-0!

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Into the second quarter and Malaysia have a penalty corner with 12:25 to be played. The first attempt is charged down but hits a defender into the foot. Another penalty corner for the hosts.

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And Malaysia equalise to make it 1-1!Razie Rahim with plenty of time and space to drag the ball forward and slot it to the right of Akash Chikte.

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SAVE! That is a superb save by Akash Chikte to deny a definite Malaysia goal. Lovely run down the right and spread into the middle of the goal for a simple tap in but for Chikte to deny the goal. Was going away from him too and he did beautifully to get his hand to it. Stays 1-1 with 2:27 to go

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What a breathtaking end to the half by both teams. India with a chance to close the second quarter with a goal but for a desperate, yet accurate, sliding tackle to deny a goal. Second here and there and it was a yellow card and a penalty stroke to India. But for now, it stays 1-1.

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And at half time, India and Malaysia are locked at 1-1. What a superb half of hockey. Explains how these two teams have remained unbeaten in the tournament.

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SAVE! Kumar Subramaniam with a big save to deny India from the penalty corner. Stays 1-1 in this game. The third quarter proving to be less eventful as both teams battle it out in the middle

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Malaysia piling on the pressure on the Indian defence. A penalty corner gets a lucky stick on the line by Akashdeep to deny a goal. Stays 1-1.

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And with 3:59 to be played, Malaysia have another penalty corner. And it is saved once again by Akash.

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Yellow card to Surender Kumar and India are reduced to ten men. India will play remainder of the contest with one man less than Malaysia.

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Another penalty corner for Malaysia. Their third this quarter. Alarm bells ringing with one man less. And its a let off for India. Razir Rahim sends his effort wide and it stays 1-1 with 3:20 to be played

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Chance for India now to steal it at the death. A penalty corner and Rupinder Pal Singh is flexing his arms in glee. And he does the job! Belts the ball past the Malaysian defence and keeper to give India a 2-1 lead. Roelant Oltmans immediately orders the team to get back in formation. The haplessness visible on Malaysian players’ face.

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0:22 to be played and Malaysia have a chance to equalise. But it is parried away by Akash Chikte and India finish with a win and have the last laugh. Rupinder Pal Singh with a double to give India the 2-1 win; plenty of credit must also go to Chikte. India finish the group stages without losing and top of the table.