CHENNAI: India eked out a fighting 4-3 victory over Malaysia in the final to clinch the Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament for the fourth time here at the Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium on Saturday.
According to a report of the Press Trust of India, Malaysia were aggressive in the first half as the Indians found it difficult to restrict the opponents. India converted the first penalty corner in the ninth minute as Jugraj scored with a fierce flick to the right of the Malaysian goalie.
The hosts got into their groove as the match progressed and played full-press hockey after a sluggish start.
But Malaysia didn’t sit back and continued to test the Indian defence. They eventually scored in the 14th minute when Abu Kamal Azari found the back of the net after being fed by Azuan Hasan from the right flank.