Malaysia holds highflying greenshirts in Asian CT

Karachi: Coming into the tournament as firm favourites, the top ranked in the tournament Pakistan was held by eight-places lower ranked Malaysia in Asian Champions Trophy, as the match between the sides ended in a 33 draw in Doha, Qatar.

Malaysia, ranked 13th in the international circuit, took the lead in the match scoring in 20th minute. But greenshirts levelled the arrear a minute later when Muhammad Rizwan Sr scored.

But Faisal Saari put the underdogs ahead once more scoring in the 43rd minute.

However, Muhammad Waqas scored two back to back goals in 55th and 57th minute to put four-time world champions ahead in the match.

But Malaysian Jalil Abdul denied the favourites to clinch third consecutive victory in the tournament, producing a goal in the dying minutes of the match to eventually draw the match.

Pakistan has defeated Oman and China in its previous encounters.

Pakistan will now take on archrival India, which could undoubtedly be called as the ‘Clash of the Titans’ during the regional tournament on Monday night.