After routing Pakistan 6-0 on Wednesday, high-flying India defeated hosts Malaysia 4-2 in their fourth pool match of the 4th Sultan of Johor Cup at Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Bahru on Thursday. India led 2-0 at half-time. (Pakistan Fans' Chants Fired me up: Sreejesh)
India drew first blood in the 25th minute when Sumit converted a penalty corner. Gurinder Singh doubled the lead soon after, again scoring from a penalty corner. Malaysia also earned a couple of penalty corners but failed to convert them. (India Trounce Pakistan in Johor Cup)
Malaysia struck in the second half. Mohammad Rohulami scored in the 37th minute and Azril Misron scored another field goal in the 42nd minute to make it 2-2.
Stunned India gathered themselves and fought hard to win a penalty corner. Harmanpreet Singh converted the opportunity to make it 3-2 for India. In the 65th minute, Varun Kumar made no mistake in converting a penalty stroke to seal a hard-earned 4-2 win for India.
Coach Harendra Singh was happy with the way India fought back after conceding two goals in the second half. "They did not allow pressure to take hold of them and remained calm. This composure helped the boys to make a brilliant comeback, the result of which is this well-deserved win for them," he said.
India will now take on Australia in their fifth and last pool match on October 18.