Australia hammered Pakistan 6-0 in a display of clinical finishing at the Azlan Shah Hockey Stadium today.
It was a huge margin of victory, eclipsed by the Aussies 7-0 win at the London Olympics last year.
The parking bays were full, and the Azlan Shah Stadium was reverberating with deafening sounds of vuvuzalas as the fans cheered Malaysia to start on the right footing.
The prayers were answered as two late goals by veteran Chua Boon Huat, playing in his 11th Azlan Shah Cup gave them a 3-2 win.
Australia defeated India 4-3 in their opening match of the 22nd Sultan Azlan Shah Cup at the Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium in Ipoh.
It was a wet start to the 22nd edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup as rain disrupted proceedings, forcing the organisors to move all games by 30 minutes.
And when play got underway. Pakistan edged defending champions New Zealand 4-3 in an exciting tie that saw New Zealand coming from three goals down to equalise but succumbed to a Muhammad Imran hattrick eventually.
Due to adverse weather conditions, the first match between Pakistan and New Zealand has been delayed. It will commence at 1635H subject to weather conditions, which looks like easing off.
The 22nd edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup sees six teams participating in the tournament that gets underway on Saturday.
We take a look at all the teams and evaluate their chances in the world's longest running invitational tournament.
Memories, vivid and varied, come in a cascade as we indulge in an introspection of the fascinating ebb and flow of the annual Sultan Azlan Shah tournament.
The Pakistan hockey team left for Malaysia yesterday to take part in the Azlan Shah Cup with a target of scouting out potential youngsters for the next year’s World Cup.
Pakistan’s hockey ties with Malaysia have a long history. Pakistan’s national side toured Malaysia for the first time in 1955. Before the inception of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, the two nations mostly came across each other on the international arena at the Asian games/Asia Cup and sometimes at the Olympics and the World Cup.