Malaysia's Izwan Firdaus fights for the ball with China's Du Talake during their friendly match at the National Hockey Stadium, Bukit Jalil, on April 17, 2014. – Glenn Guan / THE STAR
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia twice came back from a goal down to outplay the hard-hitting Chinese team 5-2 in their fourth friendly match at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
It was Malaysia’s third win in the six-match series. They won the first match (2-1) last Sunday, drew their second match (4-4) on Monday and registered an impressive 6-1 win in the third match on Wednesday.
Former German defender Kevin Lim played his first match against China on Thursday.
He did well to marshal the defence along with Faiz Helmi Jali, Mohd Izad Hakimi and G. Kavin Kartik.
Malaysia scored through Ahmad Kazamirul Nasrudduin (18th, 46th), Mohd Shahril Saabah (58th, 60th) and Mohd Firhan Ashaari (67th) while China got their goals through Du Chen (ninth) and Du Talake (33rd).
The 26-year-old Ahmad Kazamirul was satisfied with his penalty corner conversion rate in the friendlies.
“I played in three of the four friendlies and did well to score three goals from seven penalty corners.
“If I keep it up in the next two friendlies, I believe I have a chance to earn a place in the Champions Challenge I tournament in Kuantan (from April 26-May 4),” said the Kuantan-born player.
Malaysia will play their fifth friendly against China on Saturday at 8am at the same venue. Their sixth and last friendly will be played on Sunday, also at the same time and venue.