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    India beat Malaysia to win Azlan Shah Cup

    India regained the Azlan Shah title after a 13-year gap, defeating hosts Malaysia 3-1 in the final of the five-nation tournament.


    Arjun Halappa (8th minute), Prabhjot Singh (20th) and Shivender Singh (41st) sounded the board for India through neatly worked out field goals, while Misron (11th) reduced the margin for the hosts.

    High on confidence after their 3-0 win against Malaysia during the round-robin stage, India, who last won the tournament in 1995, started making forays into the rival half from the word go.

    The Indian forwards' efforts bore fruit as early as in the eighth minute of the match when Arjun scored a field goal to give India the lead.

    The lead was, however, shortlived as Misron drew parity, much to the delight of the home crowd, in 11th minute through a field goal.

    Undeterred, the Indian forwards stepped up the attack and started making repeated inroads into their opponent's citadel and eventually managed to regain the lead when Prabhjot scored through another field goal nine minutes later to go into the breather 2-1.

    The Indians, who last year lost in the final 1-2 at the hands of Argentina, continued to maintain the pressure on the Malaysian defence in the second session as well.

    Center-forward Shivender joined the party when it mattered and made it 3-1 just six minutes after the start of the second half.

    Trailing 1-3, the hosts tried hard to force their way into the match but the veteran Dilip Tirkey-led Indian defence stood firm and seemed in no mood to give Malaysia any opportunity of a comeback.

    With this victory, India enjoy a 3-0 win-loss record over Malaysia in the event. The Indians last time won against the hosts way back in 1985.

    India coach-in-charge Harendra Singh was delighted after guiding the team to its first triumph since he took over from Australian Ric Charlesworth.

    Harendra described the victory as a much-required boost for Indian hockey and said his next target was the Asia Cup in May.
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    Congrats To Us!!!!
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    Congrats to team :26:

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    finally some joy to Indian hockey !!!!!! :clap:

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    After a long gap. Worth celebrating

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    That's a nice thing for hockey... Obviously cricket has overshadowed hockey but it's very good achievement for hockey team..Hope they continue the form...
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