India will take on hosts Malaysia in their last league match of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup on Friday. The six-team hockey tournament that is being played in Perak in Malaysia has seen India get two wins, a draw and a loss in their four matches thus far. India are currently second on the points table with seven points in the bag. Australia are placed at the top of the table with all six teams having one match remaining in the league stage.
A win away from final, India would like to guard themselves against complacency when they square off with Malaysia. With defending champions Australia needing just a draw against rank outsiders Japan, India are aware that a slip up against Malaysia can leave them stranded and Great Britain can overtake them in the round-robin league standings.
India only have a one-goal edge over Great Britain, which can change quickly after the Britons have played New Zealand in their last league outing. Also check-Rani to lead Indian hockey eves in Kiwi Test series
India will have the advantage of knowing what is required of them as they will feature in the last fixture, but if a lot of goals are required, then the strikers will have to get their acts together. (with wires inputs)