India lose to Malaysia 4-5 in Asian Champions Trophy

Zeenews Sports Bureau

Oman: Indian hockey team lost their last round robin match to Malaysia 4-5 in the 2012 Asian Champions Trophy on Wednesday and will now draw swords with arch-rival Pakistan in the final on Thursday in Doha, Qatar.

This is the first defeat in the current tournament for the defending champions. In other match, Pakistan beat Japan 5-2.

Malaysia needed to win by a big margin of four goals or more to make it to the final of the event.

Indian team began their campaign in style thrashing China 4-0 in their first match of the tournament. They beat Japan 3-1 in their second match before steamrolling Oman 11-0. They defeated Pakistan 2-1 on Monday to book a final berth.