The Indian men’s hockey group’s fantasies of making the Asian Games 2018 were broken after India lost 6-7 to Malaysia in the penalty shootout after the match finished 2-2 in full-time. The second from last quarter saw three objectives however it was India who held a thin 2-1 lead over Malaysia in the Asian Games 2018 men’s hockey semi-final match. Harmanpreet Singh and Varun Kumar scored the objectives for India while Malaysia’s Faisal Sari was on target. The Indian men’s hockey group and Malaysia stayed goalless at halftime in the semi-final. Nothing isolated both these groups as the first two quarters saw less obvious possibilities. India included themselves fortunate the main quarter when their convenient video referral saw a Malaysian objective choice toppled. India have shown overwhelming exhibitions till now at the Asiad by thoroughly beating Hong Kong (26-0), Indonesia (17-0), Japan (8-0) and Sri Lanka (20-0) and Korea (5-3) on their way to the semi-final. India, ruling Champions, will intend to proceed with their fine shape and move beyond World No. 12 in the semis. In the no holds barred record, India hold a high ground against Malaysia. They have played 101 matches out of which 70 were won by India and 13 by Malaysia. The rest of the 18 matches were draws.
Not long ago, India had vanquished Malaysia 2-1 in the Commonwealth Games to enter the semi-finals. India’s SV Sunil and Harmanpreet Singh created splendid individual exhibitions in the Commonwealth Games 2018 quarter-finals against Malaysia to enable India to secure triumph by a tight edge. Positioned fifth on the ranking table, the Indian men’s hockey group have won 14 awards in the Asian Games up until this point. The awards incorporate, 3 gold, 9 silver and 2 bronze medals. India had won gold at Incheon, South Korea, in 2014, beating Pakistan on penalty.