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Malaysia and New Zealand played to a 3-3 draw in their opening match of the 25th edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. 

 

Malaysia displayed strong attacking skills with a disciplined defence, keeping the Kiwis at bay with timely tackles.

 

It was an explosive start to the match as Malaysis forced a penalty corner in the third minute.

 

But Mohd Shukri Mutalib failed to stop the ball cleanly.

 

In the very next minute the Kiwis forced two penalty corners in quick succession.

 

Off the second attempt, Kane Russel's drag flick had goal written all over it. However the young Malaysian custodian Hafizuddin Othman pulled off a stunning save.

 

Malaysia  took the lead against the run of play as Fitri Saari broke out of defence and relayed a pass to Firhan Ashaari who coolly slotted the ball into goal, past custodian Kyle Pontifex, a minute before the end of the first quarter.

 

Nick Wilson scored a brilliant individual goal in the 22nd minute to draw the Kiwis level.

 

And Nick Wilson repeated his wizardry, breaking free on the left to scores his and the Kiwis second goal in the 34th minute.

 

The Kiwis then forced two penalty corners in quick succession but failed to find the target.

 

Shay Neal broke through in the 43rd minute but failed to beat Hafizuddin in a 1-1 situation.

 

Malaysia were on level terms in the 44th minute as Razie Rahim scored off  their second penalty corner.

 

That fuelled the  appetite of the Malaysians and they went 3-2 ahead in the 48th minute with Shahril Saabah putting the final touches to a penalty corner set-piece.

 

The Kiwis forced six consecutive penalty corners and made the last one, being their 11th of the match count as Simon Child scored in the  55th minute.