India put up a commanding performance to beat hosts Malaysia 5-2 in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament here Monday.
India thus avenged their Asian Games semifinal loss at the hands of Malaysia. With this win, India are at third place with seven points from four matches.
For India, Mandeep Antil scored twice while Roshan Minz, Rupinder Pal Singh, Sunil Sowmarpet scored one goal each.
Although Malaysia lifted their game in the second half, they failed to convert the chances. For Malaysia Muhammad Azammi Adabi and Mohd Shahrun Nabil scored one goal each. India were then reduced to 10 men as Saravanjit Singh saw yellow in the 48th minute.
The hosts were awarded two penalty corners in the 63rd and 65th minutes, but Bharat denied Razie on both occasions.
Antil scored in the dying seconds to give India a comprehensive win. India will take on Pakistan Wednesday.
Meanwhile, World champions Australia showed their class with a 5-1 thrashing of Pakistan to maintain their unbeaten streak in the Azlan Shah hockey tournament.
For Australia, Simon Orchard (23rd and 41st minutes) and Jason Wilson (31st and 55th) struck twice each while Christopher Ciriello found the target in the 51st minute.
Sohail Abbas scored the lone goal for Pakistan in the 27th minute.
Australia’s speedy strikers exerted enormous pressure on Pakistan defence, which crumbled in the second session to concede three soft goals.
After both teams forced a penalty corner each, Australia took the lead through a penalty stroke that seemed harsh. Simon Orchard duly converted the stroke in the 23rd minute.
Pakistan bounced back with an equaliser in the 27th minute from a penalty corner conversion by Sohail Abbas, who sent a soaring drag-flick into the roof of the net.
Pakistan’s joy was short-lived as Australia took the lead once again one minute before half-time through an outstanding goal by Jason Wilson, who was unmarked when he got the ball on top of the circle and left the goalkeeper stunned with his stinging shot.
The second half saw Australia lay a virtual seize on the Pakistan territory, scoring goals through Orchard, Christopher Ciriello and Jason Wilson as the Pakistan defence wilted under pressure. The Black Sticks pulled one back in the 60th minute through Shay Neal.