Asia Cup hockey: India hammer Malaysia 6-2 in Super 4 encounter

When And Where To Watch India vs South Korea, Asia Cup Hockey Match, Live Coverage On TV, Live Streaming Online

When And Where To Watch India vs South Korea, Asia Cup Hockey Match, Live Coverage On TV, Live Streaming Online

Pakistan on Thursday drew their second Super-4s match against South Korea in the 2017 Asia Cup.

Harmanpreet doubled India's lead in the 19th minute with a powerful flick off the side's third penalty corner. A victory here would nearly guarantee India a place in the finals with South Korea, Malaysia and Pakistan left hanging to fight for one spot. Two minutes later, the Indian goalkeeper made another great save from a fierce shot from open play as he was kept busy by Pakistan's attack towards the latter stages of the second quarter.

On the other hand, Pakistan defended well and looked to hurt India on the counter which saw them earn a penalty corner in the last minute of first quarter which they failed to convert as the teams ended the first quarter goal-less.

The Indian trio of Ramandeep Singh, Harmanpreet Singh and Somwarpet Sunil will be looking to threaten the Malaysian goal on Thursday always as the Indian team has scored a total of 15 field goals in the group stages itself with the trio accounting for 67% of those goals. India really need to up the ante in case of corners in order to register a win against Malaysia.

However, they will have to get at least a draw against Pakistan in their final Super 4s game on Saturday to be assured of a place in the title clash. Saari Fitri finally wrapped up the victory in the 34th minute by converting a penalty stroke as the referee did not hesitate to make the decision after Pakistan goalkeeper brought down Samsul Haziq. However, Pakistan had a golden opportunity to level the scores yet again in the 38th minute as they were awarded a PC.

Tengku Tajuddin then missed an easy chance for Malaysia. "I didn't think it was a tough match against Malaysia because we have beaten them in the past but if we keep missing chances like this, it is hard for us to survive in top worldwide hockey", Irfan stated without mincing his words. "I am happy we won the three points from this match but it does not say anything about making it to the final because we have two more important matches coming up against India and Korea (respectively)". The win puts India on the verge of entering Sunday's final.

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