FIGHT FOR THE BALL: Jasjeet Kaur Handa of India (L) blocks the ball from Silin Fazila of Malaysia during their field hockey match.
THE Malaysian women’s hockey team lost 4-0 to India in their opening encounter at the Asian Games yesterday.
Malaysia played in patches and only earned two penalty corners.
In another match, Ai Murakami scored twice off short corners in the first half as Japan defeated Kazakhstan 4-1.
Murakami was on target with 10th minute and 29th minute penalty corners and also deflected a 25-metre pass to Mie Nakashima to score in the first half.
In between those goals, Aki Mitsuhashi scored a field goal in the 17th minute.
Cheon Seul-ki and Park Min-yun scored two goals each in the second half in South Korea’s convincing 5-0 win over Thailand in the other preliminary women’s game.
The men’s field hockey tournament starts from Monday.