ORDOS (CHINA), Sept 7 (PTI): The Indian hockey team continued its unbeaten run by fighting back from a goal down to hold Malaysia 2-2 today but is still not assured of a place in the final of the Asian Champions Trophy here.
The scorers for India were Ravi Pal (9th) and Danish Mujtaba (52nd). For Malaysia, the goals were struck by Tajuddin Jalil (24th) and Muhammad Amin Rahim (32nd).
India needed a win to be assured of a place in the final. A win against Malaysia would have given the Indians 10 points and a spot in the final depending on the Korea-Pakistan match to be played later today.
India plays Pakistan on Friday in what will be a virtual semi-final for both the teams.
Pakistan and Korea are on six points each. With the draw, Malaysia is out of the reckoning for a place in the final as they are on four points. India are now on eight points with this draw.
India were in attack mode right at the start as Gurwinder Singh Chandi made his customary run into the Malaysian circle but the first few appeals for penalty corners were not given by the umpire. A similar attack between Chandi, Mujtaba and Sunil also resulted in a melee but the penalty corner did not come India’s way.
India, however, got the goal in the ninth minute when Sunil shot into the circle and it went off the Malaysian goalkeeper Roslan Jamaluddin’s pads. Ravi Pal picked up the high rebound and whacked it into goal.