ASIA CUP: India thrashes Malaysia 6-2

It was a perfect display of attacking hockey as the Indian strikers toyed with the Malaysian defence with short passes, one-touch ball delivery to pump five beautiful field goals and one penalty corner goal.

Former India captain Sardar Singh in action against Malaysia in the Asia Cup hockey on Thursday. Sardar scored one goal in the 60th minute.   -  TWITTER @HOCKEYINDIA

A clinical India maintained its unbeaten run in the Asia Cup with a 6-2 thrashing of Malaysia in its second Super 4 match here on Thursday.

It was a perfect display of attacking hockey as the Indian strikers toyed with the Malaysian defence with short passes, one-touch ball delivery to pump five beautiful field goals.

India scored five field goals through Akashdeep Singh (15th minute), S.K. Uthappa (24th), Gurjant Singh (33rd), S.V. Sunil (40th) and Sardar Singh (60th), while Harmanpreet 
converted a penalty corner in the 19th minute.

Match centre: As it happened

Malaysia's goals came from the sticks of Razie Rahim (50th) and Ramadan Rosli (59th).

For Malaysia, which looked impressive with an all-win record so far, this was its first loss in the tournament.

By virtue of the win, India has also avenged its twin defeats to Malaysia — 0-1 in Azlan Shah Cup and 2-3 in Hockey World League Semi-finals in London — earlier this year.

The win propelled India to the top of Super 4 stage after it drew 1-1 against Korea on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, Korea and Pakistan played out a 1-1 draw in another Super 4 match.

The Indians, who found it difficult to breach Korea's resolute defence, came out with purpose and dominated the proceedings.

After wasting a penalty corner, Lalit Upadhayay shot off Ramandeep Singh's pass was saved by the stretched legs of Malaysian goalkeeper Kumar Subramaniam.

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But India took the lead seconds before the end of first quarter when Akashdeep found the net with a powerful shot after receiving an inch-perfect pass from skipper Manpreet Singh from the halfway mark.

Tengku Tajuddin then missed an easy chance for Malaysia. Malaysia tried to dictate the pace of the game in the second quarter and earned two penalty corners, but wasted 
both.

Harmanpreet doubled India's lead in the 19th minute with a powerful flick off the side's third penalty corner.

Uthappa made it 3-0 with a slap shot as Sunil's pass landed before his stick after a deflection from a Malaysian defender, going into the half time with a comfortable lead.

After a quiet third quarter, Gurjant extended India's lead from close range when he was set up by Uthappa, Lalit and Akashdeep's combined play in the right flank.

Sunil then made it 5-0 with a diving deflection from Gujrant's reverse hit cross. The Malaysians earned as many as eight penalty corners in the match, but could utilise just one through Razie.

Towards the end, the talismanic Sardar Singh also registered his name in the scoresheet with a reverse hit goal after being set up by Akashdeep.

India will play arch-rival Pakistan in its third and final Super 4 match on Saturday. 

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