BHUBANESWAR – Pakistan played out a tough match with 1-1 draw against Malaysia in a Pool D match of Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 on Wednesday.

On the eighth day of the contest, four times champion scored first goal in 51st minute through Muhammad Atiq’s field strike.

However, Malaysia struck back four minutes later when Faizal Saari converted a penalty corner to a goal.

Malaysia failed to score a goal in its first two penalty corners as the first attempt was blocked by the Pakistani runner and second one was defused by keeper Imran Butt.

Pakistan’s penalty corner was also defused by by Malaysia goalkeeper Kumar Subramaniam.

The draw meant both Pakistan and Malaysia remained in the contest for the knock-out rounds, having garnered a point each from two outings.

Pakistan will round off their pool engagements against Netherlands on December 9 while Malaysia, with a goal difference of minus 7, have a daunting task against the Germans the same day.