A rampant Indian men’s hockey team on Tuesday registered another routine win over Malaysia in their third Pool A fixture played in Gold Coast, Australia. Although it was a narrow 2-1 victory, Indian men continue to justify their favourites tag at the Commonwealth Games 2018. The Men in Blue have virtually booked their spot in the semifinals of the event and will play their last pool match on Wednesday against England.
Heading into the fixture against Malaysia from the draw against Pakistan, the Indian team was full of confidence and controlled the early part of the game. It was drag flick specialist Harmanpreet Singh who gave an early momentum to his side in the 3rd minute with a sublime finish from a penalty corner. Malaysia’s Faizal Saari equalised the score in the 16th minute but an inspirational Harmanpreet Singh was at his brilliant best.
Harmanpreet doubled India’s lead from a penalty corner once again and rest of the team made sure they took away all the three points from the match. In the pool B, India lies at the top of with 7 points from 3 games while England follows closely at the second spot with 4 points from 2 games.