India vs Malaysia, Asia Cup hockey, highlights: IND light up Diwali, thrash MAS 6-2
The entire Indian team came to party as they thrashed Malaysia 6-2 in the Super 4 stage of Asia Cup hockey in Dhaka on Thursday. India had an impressive run of form in the group stage as they dominated their opponents and were able to qualify for the next round with an unbeaten record. They were not so impressive against South Korea next but a draw kept their unbeaten record intact. After their victory on Thursday, India maintain their unbeaten record. They will take on arch-rivals Pakistan in their final Super 4 match on Saturday. Get highlights of India vs Malaysia, Asia Cup hockey here.
18:57 hrs IST: Happy Diwali everyone!
18:55 hrs IST: Thanks for joining in. Hope you enjoyed the coverage!
18:51 hrs IST: But before the final, India will take on arch-rivals Pakistan on Saturday in their final Super 4 game
18:49 hrs IST: What a performance from the Indian hockey team! They have bettered their chances of qualifying for the final
18:47 hrs IST: India win 6-2!
18:45 hrs IST: India score one more and it is the former captain Sardar Singh!
18:44 hrs IST: And Malaysia put one more through!
18:43 hrs IST: Two back to back PCs for Malaysia!
18:40 hrs IST: India are less than four minutes away from a dominating victory
18:37 hrs IST: This Indian goalie has been quite impressive!
18:34 hrs IST: Another PC for Malaysia and Karkera saves it!
18:32 hrs IST: Razie Rahim scored the goal for the Malaysians!
18:30 hrs IST: Malaysia have scored! They have finally put one past the goal
18:25 hrs IST: This has been one defining performance from the Indian hockey team today
18:22 hrs IST: And it starts!
18:21 hrs IST: The last 15 minutes are about to begin
18:18 hrs IST: And at the end of the third quarter, India have an imposing 5-0 lead over Malaysia.
18:13 hrs IST: GOAL! SV Sunil adds a fifth for India.
18:07 hrs IST: Bar a spectacular collapse by India, the game looks all but over for Malaysia at this point.
18:03 hrs IST: GOAL! It is now 4-0 for India as SK Uthappa scores his second goal of the game.
18:00 hrs IST: And the third quarter is now underway!
17:55 hrs IST: Take a breather. We will be back soon.
17:52 hrs IST: And that is the first half! India lead Malaysia 3-0 thanks to goals from Akashdeep, Harmanpreet and Uthappa
17:50 hrs IST: The Indian attack has come alive in this match after that 1-1 draw against South Korea
17:47 hrs IST: India cannot possibly go down from here. Four minutes of play still left in the first half
17:46 hrs IST: And India go 3-0 in the lead thanks to SK Uthappa’s goal!
17:45 hrs IST: Suraj Karkera was superb there in the goal! Kept the ball out with ease! Next PR Sreejesh?
17:43 hrs IST: Foul by India and another penalty corner for Malaysia! Too many of them!
17:42 hrs IST: Green card for SV Sunil - meaning two minutes suspension from play
17:41 hrs IST: Looks like Malaysian Azri has been hit on the head and is heading off the pitch
17:40 hrs IST: India have scored in every match of the Asia Cup so far
17:37 hrs IST: Harmanpreet Singh’s drag flick was solid, right to the top left and keeper had no chance!
17:36 hrs IST: India scores! They are 2-0 ahead!
17:35 hrs IST: Penalty corner for India and.... India waste the chance. Wait they have another opportunity!
17:33 hrs IST: Two back to back penalty corners from Malaysia and they waste both their chances
17:31 hrs IST: Malaysia almost equalised there! That was a close one. Poor defence from the Indian team
17:29 hrs IST: The second quarter is about to begin
17:27 hrs IST: And that is the first quarter! India lead 1-0 thanks to Akashdeep’s strike in the 14th minute
17:26 hrs IST: GOAL! Akashdeep Singh has put India ahead in the 14th minute!
17:24 hrs IST: About three minutes remaining in the first quarter
17:22 hrs IST: India have had most of the possession so far but they have not been able to convert the chances
17:20 hrs IST: Good strike by the Indian forwards but the Malaysia goalie was the hero there, pushing the ball out with his foot
17:16 hrs IST: Defence from Malaysia has been good so far
17:13 hrs IST: The ball is rolling from one half to the other
17:10 hrs IST: And the game begins!
17:08 hrs IST: The anthems are over and the players are spreading out all over the field
17:06 hrs IST: The national anthem are being sung!
17:02 hrs IST: Both the teams are walking on to the pitch
16:59 hrs IST: Earlier in the day, defending champions South Korea drew 1-1 with Pakistan in the other Super 4 game
16:57 hrs IST: Malaysia, on the other hand, have never qualified for the final of the Asia Cup
16:55 hrs IST: India have won the Asia Cup twice in the past
16:53 hrs IST: India need to win this game to better their chances of qualifying for the final
16:50 hrs IST: This will be their second Super 4 game before taking on Pakistan on Saturday.
16:47 hrs IST: India drew 1-1 against defending champions South Korea in their first Super 4 clash.
16:45 hrs IST: India defeated Japan, Bangladesh and Pakistan to top Pool A and enter the Super 4.
16:40 hrs IST: Will fortune favour the Indian hockey team? After all they are playing on a very auspices day
16:35 hrs IST: Before anything Happy Diwali to one and all
16:30 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the Asia Cup Super 4 match between India and Malaysia
India struggled against defending champions South Korea in the first round robin encounter and it took a late strike from Gurjant Singh to salvage a draw for them.
India’s last Super 4 match is against arch-rivals Pakistan, whom they have defeated 3-1 in the pool stages. As per the tournament rules, the top two teams from the Super 4 stage will qualify for the final to be held on Sunday.