India vs Malaysia, live hockey semifinal: India leads Malaysia in the head-to-head record. © Hockey India
The Indian men's hockey team will face Malaysia in the Asian Games 2018 semifinal. India has shown dominant performances so far in Asiad by beating globally Hong Kong (26-0), Indonesia (17-0), Japan (8 -0) and Sri Lanka (20-0) and Korea (5-3) en route to the semi-final. India, current champion, will try to continue with his good form and overcome the World No. 12 in the semifinals. In the head-to-head record, India has an advantage over Malaysia. They have played 101 games, of which 70 were won by India and 13 by Malaysia. The remaining 18 games were raffles. (MEDAL TALLY)
In 2018, India had beaten Malaysia 2-1 at the Commonwealth Games to enter the semifinals. SV Sunil and Harmanpreet Singh of India produced brilliant individual performances in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Commonwealth Games against Malaysia to help India win narrowly. Ranked fifth in the world, the Indian men's hockey team has won 14 medals in the Asian Games so far. The medals include 3 gold, 9 silver and 2 bronze medals. India won gold in Incheon, South Korea, in 2014, defeating archrival Pakistan on penalties.
Asian Games 2018, India vs Malaysia Male Direct Hockey Semifinal from GBK – Hockey Field, Jakarta, Indonesia
A successful title defense in the 18th Asian Games will also guarantee India an automatic place at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Malaysia, on the other hand, finished fourth in the Asian Games. The last podium of Malaysia in the Asian Games came in 2002, where he won a bronze medal. Going through the rankings and previous meetings, it should be an easy way out for India.