KUALA LUMPUR: The national women's team gave defending champions India a run for their money before losing 3-2 in the Asian Champions Trophy (ACT) in Donghae, South Korea on Thursday.
Now, they will have to wait for the match between China and Japan on Saturday to see if they have a chance of playing in the third-fourth classification game in the five-team competition.
Malaysia are fourth in the standings after a 3-2 win over Japan on Wednesday, following defeats to South Korea (3-1) and China (3-1). Japan are bottom with one point.
India scored through Gurjit Kaur (17th), Vandana Katariya (33rd) and Lalremsiami (40th), while Nuraini Rashid (36th) and Hanis Nadiah Onn (48th) responded for Malaysia.
For the record, Malaysia are World No 22 while India are 10th.
"We went into the match knowing India's strength and had to rely on counter-attacks to trouble them. And I am proud to say that we did cut down their domination for long periods in the match.
"Now, we have to wait for Saturday’s outcome between China and Japan to see whether we will be involved in the classification round.
"I think we have a chance to play for third place as it will not be easy for Japan to beat China,” said national women’s coach K. Dharmaraj.