Malaysia came up with a courageous performance to put India out of the podium finish at the Hero Hockey World League Semi Final, London 2017 with a 3-2 win here on Thursday. They can aim for fifth, at best. India had defeated Pakistan 7-1 in their group match earlier this week, before facing an upset by Malaysia 3-2.
The top four sides in the semis qualify for the Hockey World League finals but India will be featuring in the final tournament, scheduled to begin in December, by virtue of being the host nation.
Rani will lead the 18-member Indian women's hockey squad while Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam will serve as vice-captain in the Hockey World League Semi Final, beginning July 8 in Johannesburg. India despite losing to Malaysia in the quarter-finals as hosts have already reached the finals. Scotland had to win the match in order to qualify for the quarter finals of the tournament.
India were outclassed in every department by Netherlands, but they dominated the balance of play in most numbers against their Asian rivals Malaysia. India though got back with Ramandeep finding the net twice within two minutes in the second quarter. However, Talwinder's strike was slightly wide with Mandeep having little chance to deflect the ball into the post.
Malaysia's ploy worked and they secured two more penalty corners in the 48th minute, the second of which was converted by Razie Rahim for his second goal of the day.
This will give Pakistan a lot of hope for Saturday's match, as their own conversion from open play has been poor in this tournament.
British teams will learn European qualifying opponents
Fellow Scottish Premiership side St Johnstone will face FK Trakai of Lithuania in their tie, also at home in the first leg. They were eliminated in the first qualifying round a year ago after a 5-3 aggregate loss to Estonian side Nomme Kalju.
Meanwhile, Argentina has remained undefeated in the competition so far.
The World League Semifinal Round is also a 2018 World Cup qualifier.
Pakistan's performance graph, while still lower than that of India, has been on the upswing.
A minute later, the harried Indian defence conceded the fourth penalty, which saw Tengku deflect Razie's grounder flick past the hapless goalkeeper.
Because of a controversial penalty corner where Malaysia got a penalty corner, they got the lead just before 12 minutes before the end of the match.