Pakistan plays Malaysia in its opening match of the second round (super four) of the 10th Hockey Asia Cup at Dhaka’s Maulana Bhashani Stadium on Wednesday.
Pakistan and Malaysia have come across nine times in Asia Cup.
Pakistan have been victorious as many as eight times with one match ending in draw.
In two editions, 1993 & 2013, they met twice, in pool match as well as the third place game.
Malaysia, who have hosted the event four times, more than any other country, have had just one podium finish in Asia Cup, bronze in 2007. They ended fourth no less than five times.
In recent times, Malaysian team is on a roll. In their last international tounament, the Hockey World League semifinals in London this summer, Malaysia were the only Asian team to make it to the semifinal.
They reached the last four by upsetting India in the crucial pool game. The fourth position in that event also enabled Malaysia to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Here, in Dhaka, Malaysia topped its pool winning all the three matches.
Pakistan- Malaysia match starts at 2:00 PM (PST)