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Field Hockey: Aussies, India, Malaysia Play to Draws at Azlan Shah

Olympic gold medalists Australia, Asian Cup champions India, and host country Malaysia have played to draws on the second day of the Sultan Azlan Shah men's field hockey tournament in Kuala Lumpur.

Australia came back from a 2-0 deficit to play South Korea to a 3-3 draw. The defending champion Aussies took the lead, 3-2 when Jamie Dwyer scored in the 66th minute, but South Korea's You Hyo-sik scored with only one minute left in the game.

Meanwhile, India also rallied from a two-goal deficit to salvage a 2-2 draw with New Zealand. The Kiwis opened the scoring in the 21st minute on a goal by Darren Smith, and Bevan Hari made it 2-0 four minutes later.

But India created many second half chances and rallied to tie the match. Rajpal Singh finally broke through in the 42nd minute, deflecting the ball into the net from a free hit. The equalizer came with five minutes left, as speedy forward Prabhjot Singh converted from a penalty corner.

In other action, host country Malaysia played South Africa to a 1-1 draw with Justin King scoring for South Africa and Prabahkaran Periathamby salvaging the tie for the hosts.

Many of the seven teams are using this tournament to test player combinations ahead of next year's World Cup in Germany. India has earned a berth in the World Cup while Australia, New Zealand and South Africa hope to earn berths later this year in their continental tournaments.

Some information for this report provided by AP