India prevail 3–2 over Malaysia for first win in World Cup

Akashdeep Singh scored two goals in the space of three minutes to set up India’s 3–2 victory over Malaysia in the men’s hockey World Cup here on Saturday

Jasjit Singh Kular opened the scoring for India in the 13th minute and Malaysia equalised in the 45th with a penalty corner conversion by Mohammad Razie before Akashdeep got into the goal–scoring act, which helped his team post its first win of the tournament.

The victory gives India four points from as many matches in Group A, and ensures that it would not face the ignominy of being the bottom–placed team in the pool. Irrespective of the result of India’s last group match — against Australia — they will finish either in the fourth or fifth spot in their group.PTI