India beat Malaysia 3-2 in Azlan Shah hockey

May 29, 2012, 12:15 IST | Agencies

Five-time champions India got the better of hosts Malaysia 3-2 to get back to winning ways in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament yesterday.

Particularly after India's loss to Great Britain on Sunday, India showed improvement and played a fast game from the very beginning and never provided the hosts any chance of clawing back.

India had few anxious moments during the start when goalie Bharat Chhetri charged out to block a shot from Tengku Ahmad in the second minute and then saved a penalty corner shot by Shahrun Nabil in the sixth minute. But after that Malaysia were at the receiving end as India scored two goals in two minutes to take control of the game.

Danish Mujtaba deflected in Sarvanjit Singh's shot into the boards in the 10th minute and then Shivendra Singh sent a scorching grounder into the boards from top of the circle in the next minute. However, the biggest upset was Great Britain’s 2-3 loss to Argentina. The match completely made the tournament wide open. New Zealand lead the table with nine points from three victories, while India and Argentina lie joint second with six points from four outings. 

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