The Indian hockey team started its Azlan Shah campaign on a disappointing note, conceding a last-gasp goal to settle for a 2-2 draw against tournament debutantes Egypt in Ipoh on Sunday.
The Indians, who were runners-up last year, scored through Sandeep Singh (14th minutes) and Shivender Singh (50th), while Mohamed Hasan (8th) and Amr El Saied (70th) sounded the board for the Egyptians.
Saied's goal came just 40 seconds before the hooter went off. Disappointed with the result, Indian coach Harendra Singh said he has no words to explain the team's poor show.
"You do not expect to win matches with this kind of performance. I do not have any answers now but we will evaluate the performances later when we get back to the hotel," he said.
The Egyptians, who were playing here for the first time, took the lead in the eighth when Hasan converted a penalty corner.
India equalised in the 15th minute through Sandeep. India took the lead in the 50th through Shivender’s penalty corner. Undeterred, the Egyptians kept up the pressure on India before snatching a 70th-minute goal. In the second match, Malaysia shocked Pakistan 3-2.