The Malaysian women's team opened their campaign with a 3-1 win over Russia in the 2nd Round World League at the Dyan Chand Hockey Stadium in New Delhi.
The team, coaches by Mohd Nasihin Nubli Ibrahim upstaged a team ranked two spots higher then their 22 position in the Wprld Rankings with a gusty display coupled with intelligent defending and killer instinct when in attack.
Siti Rahman gave Malaysia the lead via a penalty corner set piece and Russia paid the price for missing a penalty stroke as Nor Hasliza doubled the advantage.
Though Russia reduced the deficit, Fazilla Slyvester Silin made sure of all the three points.
Quotes from Mohd Nasihin Nubli Ibrahim, coach Malaysia.
" The girls played well and according to our plan which was to absorb the pressure and hit them on the counter.
" The first goal gave us the added confidence and I am happy the way Nadia playing the fetch and carry role in midfield.
" Our defense played extremely well, avoiding giving away unnecessary fouls within the semi circle.
" It has been a tough few days as the weather took some getting used to and playing India at night in our next match will be a severe test of character."
Malaysia take on hosts India on Tuesday night.