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KARACHI: Pakistan wrapped up a dismal Azlan Shah Cup campaign as they finished at the bottom after suffering a 4-2 defeat against India on Sunday in Ipoh, Malaysia.

Pakistan threw away a lead and Rupinder Pal Singh's two goals ensured victory and the fifth spot for the men in blue.

The Greenshirts took the lead through Muhammad Imran from their first penalty corner attempt, but India hit back through Rupinder from a penalty corner.

Then Akashdeep Singh netted a field goal, and Malak Singh increased the lead. Pakistan's second goal came from Syed Kashif Shah before Rupinder scored again.

In the other matches, world champions Australia won their seventh title, defeating hosts Malaysia 3-2 in an exciting final as South Korea placed third.

The final went down to the wire with Trent Mitton scoring the winner in the game's dying moments, leaving Malaysia runner-ups for a fourth time.

But the home team could take heart from a spirited performance which began with them taking an early lead courtesy a penalty corner by Faizal Saari, Malaysia's second of the match, in the third minute of play.

The Australians fought back hard and put their opponents under pressure, as Nick Budgeon scored from their first penalty corner in the 29th minute.

A minute later Craig Boyne added a second off  field attempt to give his team the first-half edge.

Ahmad Tajuddin Jalil scored the equaliser in the second half, but the match ended with heartbreak for the home team in the 70th minute.

Mitton was named the man-of-the-match for the final, while Malaysia's Faizal and India's Rupinder were the tournament's top scorers with six goals each.

Malaysia coach Paul Revington said the last-minute loss was “disappointing” but added the team put up a “good effort (while) playing one of the best teams in the world”.

South Korea took bronze after edging out last year's winner New Zealand 2-1. The Koreans took the lead in the first half through a penalty corner converted by Hyun Hye-Sung.

New Zealand got the equaliser in the second half through Stephen Jenness, but the Koreans secured their third-place finish thanks to another penalty corner by Nam Hyun-Woo.

South Korea team manager Shin Seok-Kyo said it was a good finish after a poor start to the tournament earlier in the week.

“We are still early in our preparations, and this will help us with the younger players coming through the ranks,” he added.

Comments (20) Closed

rohan Mar 17, 2013 01:11pm
well done India.. 2 in a row
Khan Mar 17, 2013 01:35pm
Sad to see Punjab hockey team lost to India. Good luck next time.
Kashif Mar 17, 2013 01:43pm
Something to note is that India is playing 8 players from its current Junior team preparing for upcomming Junior Hockey World Cup. Considering that I think they played excellently whereas we were playing a nearly full strength team. Shameful
India2905 Mar 17, 2013 01:54pm
And one of the person from Pakistani Camp was saying on the last defeat that " We should beat India very easily because we are the most experienced side and India is lowest on the world ranking " . But its proven again India-Pakistan matches play by the mind not on the merit . And most of the time Indian team ( Cricket or Hockey ) wins the mind game . Good learning experience for Team India .
Deepak Mar 17, 2013 02:38pm
Bas ek doosre ko hrakar khush ho jaya kro !!
An Indi Mar 17, 2013 03:09pm
How is it well done @ rohan. My neighbor was so happy when he heard that India has beaten Pakistan. I asked him "what about other dismal performance of India" and he was speechless. Few years back countries like Malaysia and S Korea were nothing in-front of us, now they can defeat us any time. On the other hand, we get contentful just to defeat each other coz' defeating each other has become a performance benchmark. Such a pity.
IK Mar 17, 2013 03:13pm
Well fought,boys
Mandeep Mar 17, 2013 03:28pm
There were some Pakistanis who were claiming India cancelled hockey series because of fear of loosing.. I wonder what they would say now. It is a very young Indian team who defeated an experienced team twice is a row
sri1ram Mar 17, 2013 03:47pm
Well done, both Pakistan and India. May the sports rivalry thrive just as in cricket. It is totally enjoyable and not destructive for both nations.
ajay Mar 17, 2013 04:02pm
India had mostly junior team...where as Pakistan had the most experience team all old boys..made the difference even though they came last and second last...:)
amit Mar 17, 2013 05:22pm
i always believed pakistan have better bowling attack then india,look SOUTH africa posted 343...hehe. indias last tour to south africa 2nd ODI india bowled out for 173 and still india won by 1 run. india posted a 402 AGAINST SOUTH AFRICA IN 2010 IN ONE DAY.
Raj Mar 17, 2013 07:22pm
You reminded me of a joke, India was 148 in the world ranking for something. Guy was happy for 148 ranking, what a performance, yehhh Pakistan was 151. What's this man?
Avi Mar 17, 2013 08:26pm
Absolutely true. As an Indian I love watching Indo-Pak matches because we both love to beat each other. Thats the competetive spirit that adds that special touch to the game and thats why you would see Indo-Pak Hockey matches are a sellout even in Europe. However at individual level I would always want both the teams to grow in rankings. In short, I would love to see an Indo-Pak final and not 11-12 or 5-6 standing match. And ofcourse would love to see India win everytime since I am an Indian. ;)
Shruti Mar 18, 2013 12:12am
Punjab hockey team? Wasn't it the Pakistan hockey team?
Shruti Mar 18, 2013 12:14am
I follow you!! Wo din kab ayega, when we treat each other like any other team?
Dipankar Sarkar Mar 18, 2013 04:09am
nothing great about Indian team either
Kanwaljeet Mar 18, 2013 05:49am
that photograph is as perpetual as the indians defeating pakistanis these days. right dawn?. eh....
shehzad77 Mar 18, 2013 07:41am
Pakistan has not experienced team. Indian team is young but quiet experienced after playing league matches with foreign players.
aviratam Mar 18, 2013 08:03am
Mr singh Mar 18, 2013 08:27am
it was almost Punjab vs Punjab. both sides