Ipoh (Malaysia): VR Raghunath successfully converted a penalty corner to help the Indian hockey team hold South Korea 2-2 in its first match of the 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup tournament at the Azlan Shah Stadium here yesterday.
India scored through Nikkin Thimmaiah (11th minute) and Raghunath (56th) while South Korea got their goals from Hyesung Hyun (25th) and Seongkyu Kim (53rd).
Paul van Ass-coached India started positively in the first quarter of the game and attacked from both the flanks but they were impeded by the Korean defence.
The high spirited Indian team took the lead and scored the first goal of the match in the 11th minute through Thimmaiah’s field goal.
Putting all efforts to equalise the scores, South Korea’s counter attack was cleverly quelled by defender Birendra Lakra who tactfully swept the ball outside and cleared for India.