World champions Australia achieved their own La Decima as they lifted the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup for a record 10th time after beating England 2-1 yesterday.
Counting down to the final hooter, errors proved dear for the Indian team while Ireland successfully held on to their 3-2 lead to win.
India had an outside chance of qualifying for the gold medal match but they squandered the lead twice to go down to Ireland in the final group game on Friday. But Malaysia pulled level, thanks to goals from Joel van Huizen (34th) Faizal Saari (27th).
Amit Rohidas gave India a silver lining to come back into the match scoring two back to back goals in the 26th and 31st minute of the match.
Of five match, it was the third defeat of India. Varun Kumar was at the first battery but it was Ramandeep who came up with a great finish to direct the flick into the net with a tap after he had injected the ball perfectly for the dragflicker.
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It was O'Donoghue who claimed the equaliser as he calmly placed the ball past the oncoming keeper; following a pinpoint pass from Chris Cargo to start the move and a skilful slip from Kirk Shimmins to the waiting O'Donoghue.
A foot foul by defender Dipsan Tirkey saw India concede a penalty corner only 15 seconds prior to the half-time hooter but Suraj Karkera was on top of his job to keep India's lead.
Ireland played a much more aggresive game in the second quarter and were awarded a penalty corner for their efforts only for the decision to be overturned after India asked for a video referral.
Australia won the circles entries count 16-10 along with the shots count seven to four, but the decisive factor was the Kookas' conversion from penalty corners taking two from three.
India's tactics were spot on from the starting whistle and they earned back-to-back penalty corners in the fifth minute.