Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey: India beat Malaysia 5-1

India’s fourth match in the 27th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup ends in a 5-1 victory against hosts Malaysia as an overall team performance gives India all 3 points at stake. (Photo courtesy: twitter.com/TheHockeyIndia) Photograph:( Others )

WION Web Team Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Mar 07, 2018, 03.14 PM (IST)

India crushed hosts Malaysia 5-1 in their fourth match of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2018 on Wednesday. 

A different-looking India, from the listless one who lost 2-4 to Australia, played the hosts on Wednesday as they scored three goals in nine minutes in the final quarter to dent Malaysia's chances to finish in the top two.

India, who have rested many senior players, had lost their opener to Argentina 2-3 before drawing 1-1 with England.

Shilanand Lakra opened the scoring for India in the 10th minute before Malaysia’s Faizal Saari equalised in the 33rd minute. 

Gurjant Singh then scored twice and was supported by Sumit Kumar and Ramandeep Singh as India registered their first win of the tournament.

India will now face Ireland in their final match of the round robin stage. India can still make it to the final if other results go their way. They are even in contention for the bronze medal match.

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