The Malaysian national junior netball team qualified for the semi finals of the 7th Asian Youth Netball championship at the Thyagaraj Stadium in New Delhi yesterday afternoon with their fourth consecutive win.
But victory over Sri Lanka did not come easy and were made to sweat and slog it out before they won 59-45.
It was a nail-biting match, similar to Malaysia’s encounter with Singapore on Monday, as Sri Lanka with their gusty performance kept the pressure endlessly.
The first quarter saw Malaysia going for the break with a narrow 16-14 lead, while in the second it was 14-11. But the third quarter saw Sri Lanka throwing in everything to catch up with Malaysia as the quarter ended 11-11.
However, the fitter Malaysians in the final quarter, proved their superiority as they scored 18 goals as opposed to Sri Lanka’s 10 for the final score of 59-45. Syazana Mohd Wazir scored 13 while Noor Atikah Mat Salleh scored two.
Malaysia play host, India, this evening, and another close encounter is expected.
India had earlier yesterday lost to Singapore 59-40. They have earlier wins over Hong Kong and Thailand.
The top four teams from the six competing qualify for the semi finals on Saturday and everything points to Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and India making the cut at the end of today’s matches.