The Indian hockey aggregation connected its best run by angry aback from a ambition bottomward to authority Malaysia 2-2 on Wednesday but is still not assured of a abode in the final of the Asian Champions Trophy here.
The scorers for India were Ravi Pal (9th) and Danish Mujtaba (52nd). For Malaysia, the goals were addled by Tajuddin Jalil (24th) and Muhammad Amin Rahim (32nd).
India bare a win to be assured of a abode in the final. A win adjoin Malaysia would accept accustomed the Indians 10 credibility and a atom in the final depending on the Korea-Pakistan bout to be played afterwards on Wednesday.
India plays Pakistan on Friday in what will be a basic semi-final for both the teams.
Pakistan and Korea are on six credibility each. With the draw, Malaysia is out of the reckoning for a abode in the final as they are on four points. India are now on eight credibility with this draw.
India were in advance approach appropriate at the alpha as Gurwinder Singh Chandi fabricated his accepted run into the Malaysian amphitheater but the aboriginal few appeals for amends corners were not accustomed by the umpire.
A agnate advance amid Chandi, Mujtaba and Sunil additionally resulted in a affray but the amends bend did not appear India`s way.
India, however, got the ambition in the ninth minute aback Sunil attempt into the amphitheater and it went off the Malaysian goalkeeper Roslan Jamaluddin`s pads. Ravi Pal best up the aerial backlash and whacked it into goal. Malaysia started assertive the midfield afterwards that, blame the Indians back. Even the assiduously fell aback to arresting as Malaysia rode on a beachcomber of attacks into the Indian half.
They becoming three amends corners and assuredly got the equaliser off the third aback Tajuddin Jalil deflected in the flick accomplished the Indian goalkeeper Sreejes in the 25th minute.
India had a amends bend but yet afresh couldn`t allurement the brawl cleanly, the culprit this time actuality Ignace Tirkey.
India did appear abutting a brace of times aback the tries of Sunil and Walmiki were adored by Roslan in the Malaysian goal. In the 32nd minute, Malaysia took the advance off an abominable Indian error. A chargeless brawl central the Indian arresting amphitheater with no Malaysian in sight, Sreejes came out charging and kicked the brawl adjoin an Indian defender`s leg as the adjudicator acicular for Malaysia`s fourth amends corner.
Muhammad Amin denticulate off a absolute flick. The Indians were now ashamed as the errors army with the defenders and midfielders clumsy to bright or canyon the brawl properly.
At the break, Malaysia led 2-1. The additional bisected was a frentic action for supremacy. Gone was the bristles advanced blueprint for both the teams as they battled it out for brawl possession.
Malaysia had the bend and they won four afterwards amends corners afterwards resumption but couldn`t account of any. Off their eighth amends corner, Sreejes brought off a ablaze save deflecting the brawl abroad to the blow line. In the 43rd minute, India becoming their third amends bend adjoin the run of comedy but Rupinder Pal Singh bootless to flick the ball.
India`s bad run on the amends corners continued. Struggling adjoin the absolute appearance of the Malaysians, India assuredly managed to breach their authority in the 53rd minute aback Gurbaz confused bottomward the appropriate abut and centered blithely as a diving Danish Mujtaba beatific the brawl into the ambition for the equaliser.
The equaliser sparked of a chase for the match-winner from both the teams. Malaysia did authority the bend as they confused abundant added calmly again the Indians.
The delivery that India displayed adjoin the Koreans wasn`t there. Probably arena two matches aural the amplitude of 20 hours had taken its toll.
In the dying minutes, India becoming their fourth amends bend but Rupinder Pal Singh attempt beeline appear Roslan in the Malaysian goal.
A few added aciculate affairs came India`s way but the Malaysian defence did able-bodied to bright them. Malaysia about denticulate in the 68th minute aback Tajuddin begin himself central the arresting amphitheater with alone Sreejes in advanced but fumbled as Raghunath austere the brawl away.