Source: News Bharati English25 Nov 2016 16:31:06
Melbourne, November 25: Indian team defeated Malaysia in the first match of 4 Nations Invitational Tournament at Melbourne on Thursday. With the final score of 4-2, the Indian boys were able to open the tournament on a positive note with the victory in debut match.
India were the dominating in the opening, squeezing high and reliably affecting turnovers to hold Malaysia pegged back in their own half. In spite of the mind-boggling ownership, there weren't many clear shots made as Malaysia's profound safeguard deep defence held firm. The two groups went into the first break bolted up a stalemate.
There was business as usual in the second quarter, India predominant in the midfield yet were not able discover a leap forward in the final third. This kept going till the 24th minute of the match. Sardar Singh was the one at the support of the possibility, benefiting from a Malaysian mix-up to dispatch the assault. His pass discovered Satbir Singh, who laid it off to Nikkin Thimmaiah at the edge of the circle. Nikkin dummied the safeguard and cut into the hover, before unleashing a shot into the base corner to give India a 1-0 lead which India clutched as they went into halftime.
Nine minutes into the third quarter, Malaysia hit back with the equalizer, Faizal Saari, changing over a penalty corner to draw them level. The equality didn't keep going long however, as India won themselves their first PC nearly from the restart. From the PC, Rupinder Pal Singh committed no error, to reestablish India's lead. The groups went into the last break with India driving 2-1.
The equalizer from Malaysia served as a surprisingly positive turn of events for India as they ventured up their diversion and began being more decisive with their ownership, making more entrances into the Malaysian circle. As far as concerns them, a great deal of the play was quiet, moderate in the development yet more exact. The strength on the ball paid off in the 55th moment, Nikkin scoring his second of the amusement to reestablish India's lead.
Within a minute Akashdeep Singh scored a fourth point to guarantee there would be no apprehensive minutes toward the end as India hung on for a 4-2 triumph. The next match is planned to be played amongst India and New Zealand on 26 November 2016 at 11.30 am.