India trailed for a large part of the match but found their scoring touch when it mattered to edge Argentina 3-2 in the 3rd Sultan of Johor Cup.
It was a poor performance by India who seemed lost in midfield and lacked the sting upfront. But they still managed to collect all three points from the South Americans who really deseved at least a point for their tireless style of hockey.
Argentina had lost their opening match 4-2 against Malaysia while India were 2-1 winners over England on Sunday.
It was Argentina that drew first blood when Carlos Ibarra converted a penalty corner that Indian custodian Harjot singh failed to cover his angle in the 16th minute.
India awoke from their slumber and were on level terms in the 23rd minute when Affan Yusof showed slick stickwork in the semi circle before a reverse stick hit that sailed past Tomas Matias in the Argentina goal.
Off their second penalty corner in the 42nd minute, Argentina were awarded a penalty stroke after the attept by Ibarra hit Indian skipper Manpreet Singh on the foot.
Ibarra made no mistake from the spot to give Argentina a 2-1 lead.
India were fortunate in their equalisewr as Manpreet played a ball into the crowded semi circle and although Ramandeep Singh claimed credit for the goal, it bounced off the Argentina keeper pads into goal to make it 2-2 in the 60th minute.
And two minutes later it was Ramandeep who put India ahead as he cleverly deflected in at the far post to give India the 3-2 lead.
Pakistan won their second successive match at the 3rd Sultan of Johor Cup when they came from a goal down to defeat England 6-2 at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Baru.
OHOR BARU: Malaysia beat 2005 World Junior champion Argentina 4-2 in the Sultan of Johor Cup hockey match played at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium here tonight.
JOHOR BAHRU - Selepas berada pada kedudukan tercorot tahun lalu, Malaysia memulakan langkah kanan pada Kejohanan Hoki Antarabangsa Bawah 21 Tahun Piala Sultan Johor 2013 apabila menewaskan Argentina 4-2 di Stadium Hoki Taman Daya di sini semalam.
Johor Bahru: Skuad hoki remaja negara bermula garang pada saingan Piala Sultan Johor selepas mencatat kemenangan 4-2 ke atas Argentina dengan pemain tengah Muhd Shahril Saabah meledak hatrik di Stadium Hoki Taman Daya, semalam.
“Kredit wajar diberikan kepada Muhd Shahril kerana ternyata dimelaksanakan tugas dengan baik seperti yang kami mahukan.
India started their campaign in The Sultan of Johor Cup Under-21 hockey tournament on a perfect note, defeating England 2-1 in their opening round-robin match here on Sunday.
The Indians scored a goal each in both the halves to pocket full three points from the encounter.
India overcame bouts of first half inconsistency to prevail over debutants England 2-1 in their opening tie of the 3rd Sultan of Johor Cup hockey tournament being played at the Taman Daya Stadium in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.