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Spirited India to take on Malaysia after Japan's 9-0 rout

News Agencies | Updated on: 23 October 2018, 13:04 IST

Looking to extend their unbeaten streak in the ongoing Men's Asian Champions Trophy, the spirited Indian hockey team will take on Malaysia in their fourth round-robin match on Tuesday.

The team had earlier produced a flamboyant performance in their third match against Japan, blanking the latter by a massive 9-0 margin at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex on Sunday.

In tie against Japan, the world no 5 team showcased some domineering display scoring goals in all the four quarters through Mandeep Singh (4', 49', 57'), Harmanpreet Singh (17', 21'), Gurjant Singh (8'), Akashdeep Singh (36'), Sumit (42') and Lalit Upadhyay (45') to register a convincing victory and remain at the top of the Pool Standings.

The Indians afresh from the 3-1 victory against Pakistan on Saturday, started the match with a good rhythm as forwards Lalit Upadhyay and Akashdeep Singh got chances in the opening minutes. But it was Mandeep Singh who drew the first blood in the 4th minute as he deflected a low cross from Akashdeep Singh from the left flank, through the Japanese goalkeeper's leg and into the back of the net. India continued to put pressure on the Japanese defense and scored eight more goals till the final whistle.


First published: 23 October 2018, 13:04 IST