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Malaysia were held to a 2-2 by India and made the final of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup much earlier, thanks to Australia defeating New Zealand earlier.
Malaysia have played in the final on three occasions, in 1985, 2007 and 2009. They lost to India in 85 and 09 and lost to Australia in 07. In the 21 past editions the hosts have yet to lift the trophy.
And they will fancy their chances against the Australians who they drew 1-1 in the league match.
There was hardly any standing room at the Azlan Shah Stadium when Malaysia entered the pitch to play against India.
More than 15,000 supporters, with many more unable to enter the pitch, came to watch Malaysia play against India even though the hosts were already in the final courtsey of an Australian 3-2 win over New Zealand in the earlier match.
However, Malaysia did not disappoint their fans, as they went for the jugular from the first whistle.
And Faizal Saari scored his third goal of the tournament in the sixth minute off Malaysia's first penalty corner to send the crowd into wild celebrations.
However, there was a tinge of sadness in the celebrations, as the patron of the tournament Sultan Azlan Shah did not get a chance to watch any of Malaysia's matches as he is not feeling well.
The patron will also not be there to watch Malaysia play Australia in the final today, and Raja Nazrin Shah will hand out the Cup to the champions.
India played in patches with Mandeep Singh coming close to the equaliser in the 11th minute, but missed the sitter.
India won their first penalty corner in the 16th minute but S. Kumar took the shot right in the chest and saved his goal.
But Mandeep finally got it right in the 20th minute when he connected a cross which went sailing just over Kumar's helmet into the back of the net.
In the second half India took the lead as Rupinder Pal Singh sent a low drag flick past reserve keeper Roslan Jamaluddin.
Though Malaysia created chances, they failed to find the equaliser.
Until the final minute when Malaysia were awarded a controversional stroke Faisal converted for a face saving draw.