17 March 2013: Indian men’s hockey team came from 1-0 down to defeat Pakistan 4-2 in the fifth place play off match in 22nd Sultan Azlan Shah Cup at Ipoh, Malaysia.
Akashdeep scored 2nd Goal of India against Pakistan at Sultan Azlan Shah Cup (Photo by Raghu Prasad R V)
India had won against Pakistan 3-1 in the league match. This for the first time that they have defeated Pakistan twice in a tournament after 2003 Afro Asian Games, which was played in Hyderabad (India). While this is Pakistan’s successive last place finish at Ipoh, as they were seventh last year.
Pakistan got off the block first and went ahead with low flick from the skipper Muhammad Imran on their 1st Penalty Corner in 8th minute. Indian drag flick specialist Rupinder Pal Singh drew parity in 16th minute on penalty corner. Just few seconds before half time, Akashdeep Singh earned lead for India after being set up by Mandeep Singh. Continue reading
16 March 2013: India were held by Malaysia for 2-2 to deny them a place in Bronze Medal match while Black Sticks fell short 3-2 against Australia and Korea held Pakistan for 2-2 draw at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup to set up the summit clash between World #2 side Kookaburras and #13 Malaysia (Points table and all results here).
Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2013
Malaysia have played in the final on three occasions, in 1985, 2007 and 2009. They lost to India in 85 and 09 and lost to Australia in 07. In the 21 past editions the hosts have yet to lift the trophy. And they will fancy their chances against the Australians who they drew 1-1 in the league match.
India finished at last place in table with draw against Malaysia and will now face Pakistan in wooden spoon match. Malaysia went ahead with a goal from Faizal Saari in 6th minute on Malaysia’s 1st PC of the match. After missing an easy chance in 11th minute, young Mandeep Singh scored the equalizer for India in 20th and the 1-1 score stayed till half time. India went ahead with Rupinder Pal Singh’s low drag flick on PC in second half, which was equalized by Faizal Saari on a controversial penalty stroke in last minute. Continue reading
14 March 2013: The Black Sticks Men defeated India to set-up a crucial match against Australia at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia, other two matches, Australia vs Korea and Malaysia vs Pakistan, were drawn.
Andy Hayward scored a goal today
With the draws, Australia and Malaysia remain top of the table on eight points with Malaysia set to play India on Saturday. The Black Sticks are on six points followed by Korea and Pakistan on four and India on three points.
With a win against India and six points in the bag, the Black Sticks will play Australia in a winner takes all match that could well decide the finalist. Thursday’s game was a must-win, with both teams on three points they needed the victory to stay in contention for a place in Sunday’s final. Continue reading
The Black Sticks Men have had a confidence boost after a clinical 3-0 win against Korea last night at the Sultan Azlan Shah Tournament in Ipoh, Malaysia.
Hugo Inglis scored a goal against Korea
After two opening losses, the young Kiwi side are pleased to get a win under their belt ahead of their final two games against India and Australia later this week.
“This is a young, developing side so it is about building game by game, and tonight’s win was a really positive step forward. The whole team stepped it up – we played a really good tight game,” says head coach Colin Batch. Continue reading
Indian Men’s Hockey team came from behind to beat their arch-rivals Pakistan at 22nd Sultan Azlan Shah Cup to stay in contention for podium finish. Earlier in the day, defending champions New Zealand defeated Korea 3-0 to earn their 1st points after 3 matches, while in the last of the day, hosts Malaysia held world champions Australia for 1-1 draw to stay with the Kookaburras on the top of the table.
Points Table after 3rd day of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup:
File Photo: Akashdeep Singh (India) who scored a goal today for India against Pakistan in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2013 (Photo by Raghu Prasad R V)
As expected, the India-Pakistan match was much more than any other hockey game, started on frantic pace, 1st goal in 4th minute, an equalizer within next minute and another goal in next 5 minute. Though, the match became little slow as it progressed but remained interesting. A superb show by Indian Goal Keeper PR Sreejesh who won the game for India with his fantastic saves/double saves on PCs, rebounds and on almost everything including deflections from defenders’ sticks. Continue reading
The Black Sticks Men remain winless at the Sultan Azlan Shah tournament after going down 2-1 to Malaysia in front of a vocal home crowd.
Despite a world ranking of 13th, the Malaysians now have two wins from two games after defeating Korea in their opening match.
The Black Sticks were straight onto defence as the game got underway with Malaysia creating several scoring chances but lacking the execution to deliver. Continue reading