Indian eves beat Malaysia in Asian CT

Poonam Rani scored a field goal in the seventh minute before Deepika doubled India’s lead with a successful penalty corner conversion in the 45th minute.

India hockey women ( File photo)

Indian eves will face China in its final round-robin contest of the Asian Champions Trophy on Friday.   -  Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

India defeated Malaysia 2-0 to remain firmly in contention for a place in the final of the five-nation Asian Champions Trophy women’s hockey tournament here on Tuesday.

Poonam Rani scored a field goal in the seventh minute before Deepika doubled India’s lead with a successful penalty corner conversion in the 45th minute.

This win helped Neil Hawgood-coached India to take seven points from three matches. It had earlier drawn Japan 2-2 before beating South Korea 3-2.

The World No. 12 team will face No.8 China in its final round-robin contest on Friday.

The top two teams at the end of the round-robin stage will directly qualify for the final, while the third and the fourth best teams will play the bronze medal encounter on Saturday.