Pakistan and Malaysia faced off in an important Pool D encounter in the ongoing Hockey World Cup 2018 at Bhubaneswar's Kalinga Stadium. The last few quarters proved to be an entertainer but the scoreline remained at 1-1.
The first quarter showed Pakistan's lacklusterness. They were mostly chasing the ball and ended with a ball possession, 44-56, pass accuracy (59.74-63.15%), penalty corners (2-4) and were even behind in shots (2-4). The same script brewed for the second quarter. However, the scores remained 0-0 which promised a riveting end.
The penultimate quarter was again ruled by Malaysia. They ended on a higher note in ball possession but Pakistan had an improved show. They were much better in pass accuracy and played with a better coordination as compared to the earlier quarters. Nonetheless, there was no change in the scoreline.
Pakistan finally opened their account in the match, and the tournament, in the last quarter with a goal from Atiq Muhammad. Pakistan looked in control with few minutes to go but Malaysia got a much-needed penalty corner. Saari Faizal made the most of it and brought his side back into the contest.
With both teams running out of time, the match ended at 1-1. By virtue of this result, Germany is sitting pretty with two wins, the Netherlands have lost and won each whereas Pakistan has a draw and loss in their account. Malaysia, after being thrashed in their opener, has salvaged a draw here.
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Aditya Sahay, a former cricket reporter/writer and statistician, has shifted gears to other sports (primarily badminton, tennis, kabaddi, hockey, golf etc). While cricket remains his first love, he enjoys covering and writing on kabaddi, hockey and tennis. He dons Germanys jersey during FIFA and believes Dhoni Dhoni hai, isko (aur) mauka mila toh bahut aage jayega