Dominant India thrash Malaysia 6-2 in Asia Cup

ANI | Updated: Oct 20, 2017 08:46 IST

Dominant India thrash Malaysia 6-2 in Asia Cup .

Dhaka [Bangladesh], Oct . 20 (ANI): India thrashed Malaysia 6-2 in their Super 4s match to stay on course to make the Asia Cup 2017 Final here at the Moulana Bhashani Hockey Stadium on Thursday .

After suffering two back-to-back losses to Malaysia earlier this year, the Manpreet Singh-led team ensured a well-structured game to demolish the Malaysian defence .

It was goals by Akashdeep Singh (14'), Harmanpreet Singh (19') and SK Uthappa (24') that gave India a 3-0 head start followed by Gurjant Singh (33'), SV Sunil (40') and Sardar Singh (60') which ensured fireworks in favour of India .

Played in front of a vocal and partisan home crowd there was no doubt that this top of the table clash was going to be played with pace and skill and the teams didn't disappoint . Having won all their matches thus far in the tournament, Malaysia raced out of the blocks at a frenetic pace, attacking India constantly .

They made two strong circle entries at the start of the game but an alert Indian defence kept them out of scoring . India's first break-through came in the 14th minute when Manpreet Singh assisted Akashdeep Singh inside the circle with a fiercely-struck long pass . The Indian forward was impeccable in his attempt to improvise the pass to beat the Malaysian goalkeeper Kumar Subramiam to take a 1-0 lead in the first quarter .

The second quarter saw Indian goalkeeper Suraj Karkera make brilliant saves that had the Dhaka audience in raptures . His first big save came only two minutes into the second quarter when Malaysia won a PC . Karkera was resolute to pad it away .

Later in the 23rd minute, another PC was averted when Karkera saved a fiercely struck dragflick to keep Malaysia from converting . Earlier, Harmanpreet Singh was at his best when he found the centre of the goal to take India's lead to 2-0 in the 19th minute . A good assist by SV Sunil saw SK Uthappa score India's third goal in the 24th minute .

Post the 10-minute half-time break, India scored two more goals to stamp their supremacy over Malaysia . It was Gurjant Singh in the 33rd minute followed by a splendid goal by SV Sunil brilliantly-assisted by Gurjant Singh who worked in tandem to score India's fifth goal .

A trademark reverse hit by Gurjant from the left flank to Sunil who made a diving attempt to push the ball into the post ensured the local crowds were thoroughly entertained . This goal by SV Sunil was also adjudged as the goal of the match .

The final quarter saw India make a few defensive errors that saw them concede PCs . With 10 minutes to the final hooter, Malaysia's Razie Rahim utilized the chance to put one past a diving Akash Chikte in the 50th minute .

Malaysia won another PC in the 54th minute but Chikte was outstanding in his save . Almost immediately, Malaysia won another PC but an alert Chikte averted a goal again . Malaysia won two back-to-back PCs in the 58th minute but couldn't make the chance count .

Though their second goal came through in the 59th minute via Ramadan Rosli, India extended their lead in the 60th minute when stalwart Sardar Singh picked up a brilliant assist to get a reverse shot on goal . There were some tense moments towards the final minutes of the match but India held their sway to win .

India will take on Pakistan in their last Super 4s encounter on Saturday. (ANI)

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