Azlan Shah: Australia, Malaysia play out 1-1 draw

Updated: 12 March 2013 21:51 IST

Australia scored through Trent Mitton, his second in this editon, in the 34th minute to lead the hosts at half-time.

Ipoh, Malaysia:

Australia and Malaysia shared two points each after playing out a 1-1 draw in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament in Ipoh on Tuesday.

The result has thrown open the tournament as the draw kept other teams in the fray, more so, with India notching up an important win against Pakistan.

In a humdinger of a contest, Malaysian goalkeeper Subramanian Kumar was the cynosure of all eyes as the custodian came up with an incredible seven spanking saves in the second half to keep a check on the marauding Aussies.

Australia scored through Trent Mitton, his second in this edition, in the 34th minute to lead the hosts at half-time.

Mitton made most of the opportunity provided by the Malaysian defender Razie Muhammad as he snatched the ball away from him and had the freedom to seize up the target with a high scoop.

For all their honest tries, Malaysia were rewarded with an equaliser a minute before the hooter. Faizal Saari banged in the rebound from the team's third penalty corner.

Both teams thus remain unbeaten in the tournament and are in a good position to contest the final on Sunday.

Topics : Australia Hockey
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