A last minute penalty stroke enabled Malaysia to hold India to a 2-2 draw in the final round-robin match of the Sultan Azlan Shah hockey tournament. Malaysia will meet Australia in the final on Sunday while India,who finished last with four points will play Pakistan for the fifth place play-off.
New Zealand will take on South Korea for the third place play-off. Mandeep Singhs field goal in the 20th minute and Rupinder Pal Singh’s drag-flick in the 48th minute were the two strikes for India while Saari Faizal scored both the goals for the hosts in the fifth and 70th minute.
Malaysia,with a final tally of 9 points had already made it to the final before taking on India. Malaysia meant business from the word go with the rhythm and cohesion falling in place quickly.
Malaysia forged ahead in the fifth minute when Saari Faizal banged in the first PC of the match. The hard high scoop of Faizal ensured there was no answer from Indian keeper Srejeesh. The Indians came back strongly to hold them on a tight leash
Australia beat NZ
Six-time champions Australia notchedup a 3-2 victory to finish with 11 points after the group stage. Jacob Whetton’s twin strikes in the space of two minutes,in the 38th and 39th minutes,put Australia on the driver’s seat,while Matt Gohdes took it further away from New Zealand in the 42nd minute with a field goal. New Zealand struck back through Jacob Smith in the 27th minute and a PC conversion by Corey Bennet in the 55th minute.
Pakistan meanwhile ended their campaign at this year’s Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament with a 2-2 draw against Korea,in a match that was being played solely for pride.