Indian men’s hockey team reach the semi finals of Gold Coast CWG as they defeated Malaysia 2-1 in the Pool B encounter earlier today. After playing an unexpected draw against Pakistan in the first match, the Manpreet led team got the better of Wales 4-3, in the second match. India are still to play England in their last group match. A win against England will enable India to top the group and by that, they can avoid Australia in the semi-final.
Harmanpreet opened India’s account in the third minute of the match as he found the net with his drag flick. Malaysia fought back and equalised in the second quarter via Faizal Saari’s field goal. Indian forward again lacked the finishing touch, which almost costed them a game against Wales in their last encounter. India managed to force seven penalty corners but could only convert two – the second being the winner from Harmanpreet in the 43rd minute, which proved to be decisive for India to seal the win.
Earlier, India’s Chain Singh and Gagan Narang were in the finals of men’s 50m prone position finals. Narang, who was silver medalist in Glasgow games in the same category, was eliminated in the 7th position. India’s chances then rested on Chain Singh, but the man from Kashmir could not keep up with the medals and finished at the 4th position.