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Malaysia held World number two Australia to a 1-1 draw in an exciting match infront of a full stadium at the Azlan Shah Stadium in Ipoh.

The Aussies had nine penalty corners but could not score a single goal from them as Malaysian keeper S. Kumar was in his element, pulling off save after save.

Both teams thus remain unbeaten in the tournament and are in a good position to contest the final on Sunday.


It was only three minutes into the match, when Malaysia sounded their intention of fighting till the end, by winning a penalty corner, but Faizal Saari flicked it inches wide.

The Australians were not intimidated, and relied on counter attacks but they depended on crosses from left to right with no one getting a stick to it.

Goalkeeper S. Kumar put up a brave front to deny the World No 2, and needed treatment in the sixth minute when he took a hefty hit square on his chest. That was just the start of the Tampin born lads heroics.

The Australians were merciless in the semi-circle, and in the 11th minute, Kumar went down again after taking another shot in the chest.

In terms of possession, it was however all Malaysia in the first 15 minutes of the match as Faizal Saari, Chua Boon Huat and Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin created havoc in the Aussies semi-circle.

Australia won their first penalty corner in the 18th minute and Kumar pulled off another outstanding save

Kookaburras, the masters of hockey, slowly moved upwards after that and won their second penalty corner in the 20th minute but that too was defended with valor by Malaysia. 

Marhan Jalil then had a one-on-one with goalkeeper Andrew Charter in the 25th minute, but the Aussie came out looking like a bunch of roses with a sliding tackle. 

However, a 34th minute lapse in defense saw Trent Mitton scoring the easiest of goals to enter the dressing room with a slim lead.

Australia forced two penalty corners, in the 44th and 49th minutes but Kumar denied them on both occasions, pulling off saves that some might deem impossible.

Malaysia came close to drawing level in the 52nd minute as Azlan Misron sent in a teasing cross that evaded the outstretched stick of Chua Boon Huat by a timely interception of Aussie keeper Andrew Charter.

Joshua Miller too could not believe that Kumar managed to turn his reverse stick hit out in the 55th minute.

And in the 69th minute Malaysia struck. Mohd Razie Rahim's penalty corner struck a defenders foot and the umpire played an advantage which Faisal capitalised sending in a hard hit sailing into goal, to the cheers of the 10,000 odd fans.