06 Oct 2018

India edge hosts Malaysia Featured

Malaysia’s dismal record against India in the Sultan of Johor cup continued with yet another defeat. The Malaysians fell 1-2 to India in their opening tie of the eighth edition at The Taman Daya Hockey Stadium

It was the ninth meeting of the two teams in the series and the Indians have chalked up their sixth win on a trot. This time the result was closer.

The two teams have met eight times before today with the Indians winning the last five encounters while two had ended in draws and one win for Malaysia in 2011.

The Malaysians along with the Indians were missing some key players as they are away with the Youth Olympic team in Argentina.

But that did not take away the seriousness of then teams to snatch a win in their opening tie.

The first defeat against the Indians came in 2013 final when the Malaysians fell 0-3. Since then it was a string of four other defeats. The opening defeat yesterday is the latest. 

The Indians started off strongly and in the 12thminute took the lead with Harmaanjit Singh scoring a field goal.

The Malaysians tried to get back into the game and but there were too many unforced errors.  India had the match under control. The second and third quarters did not throw up any goals either way.

In the 46th minute, the Indians increased their lead with Shilanad Lakra scoring a field goal.

But in the 47thminute, the Malaysians hit back with a field goal of their own through Mohamed Zaidi. It gave hope of the Malaysians snatching a draw at least. But the Indians prevailed and went on to collect full points.

Indian coach Jude Felix was happy with the win but did not feel that they were the favourites in the tournament.

“It was just the opening match and the performance was not up to mark. We will need to improve on several areas but that is what we are here for. Japan had had a very good result and as such we must play much better.

“There are no easy matches this year and every team has improved,” he said.

Malaysian coach Nor Saiful Zaini said that it was the first competitive game for some and they will learn for the experience.

“It was a good learning curve for the players and India were more experienced than us. We can only improve with better matches to come. 

“Although we lost some players to the Youth Olympics that did not affect our game here. Our focus is on the players here and to expose them as much as possible,” he said.

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