Ipoh (Malaysia): India zoomed to the top of the table of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup with a commanding 4-2 victory
India put a foot in Saturday’s final by getting past error-prone Malaysia. They had shared the spoils with
In the opening quarter, Simranjeet Singh and Sumit Kumar had chances to open the scoring for the visitors but missed chances while reserve goalkeeper Krishan B Pathak pulled off a smart save to deny Malaysia a chance from its first penalty corner.
India nosed ahead in the 17th minute of the second quarter when Sumit Kumar got a free hit just outside the circle and made the most of it.
Varun Kumar then made it 3-1 in the 36th minute after India won three consecutive penalty corners in the third quarter.
Mandeep Singh, though, spoiled any hopes of a comeback in the next minute to end the match 4-2. Courtesy the result, India went past Korea and Malaysia to the top of the points table with seven points after the win.