Favorite India smartly took solo lead in the four-team super league of the 10th Men’s Asia Cup Hockey outplaying high-flying Malaysia by 6-2 goals in their 2nd super league match at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium on Thursday.
After the day’s 2nd round super-four matches, India topped the list with unbeaten run securing four points, Malaysia followed them with three points, South Korea were in 3rd slot with two points while Pakistan were in the bottom in the four-team fray with one point, playing two matches each.
In the remaining 3rd round super-4 matches, Malaysia will play South Korea at 3pm while the two arch-rivals India and Pakistan will meet each other at 5:30 pm on Saturday.
In the day’s match, Akashdeep Singh (FG, 14th minute) Harmanpreet Singh (PC, 19th), Uthappa Aannuvanda (FG, 24th), Gurjant Singh (FG 33rd), Sunil Sowmarpet (FG, 40th) and Sardar Singh (FG, 60th) scored one goal each for India, which dominated the half time 3-0 and leading the 3rd quarter by 5-0 goals.
Rahim Razie and Rosli Ramadan scored two goals for Malaysia in the 50th and 59th minute respectively.
Earlier in the day’s first match, defending champion South Korea remained winless in the super -4 stage of the Hero 10th Men’s Asia Cup Hockey as their 2nd super league match against former champions Pakistan ended in a 1-1 draw at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium on Thursday.
South Korea, which managed a four-team super league berth as the Pool B runners-up losing to spirited Malaysia by 1-2 goals, also made 1-1 draw against favorite India in the super-4 opener on Wednesday.
In the day’s match, Ejaz Ahmed put Pakistan ahead in the 15th minute, the last minute of the first quartet, by a reverse hit (1-0) while Lee Namyong leveled the margin for Korea in the 48th minute utilizing a push of Lee Seungil (1-1)
Earlier, a reverse hit of Korean Cho Suk Hoon saved by Pakistan custodian in the 5th minute, Atiq Muhammad of Pakistan failed convert a Qadir hit in the 10th minute, Atiq Muhammad sent the ball wide finding opponent custodian alone in the 15th minute, Ejaz Ahmed’s weak hit from close went to opponent custodian in the 27th minute, Kim Youngjin failed a connect an angular hit of Lee Namyong in the 31st minute and Qadir finally spoiled another chance in the 46th minute despite of Korean defense lapse.