India [ Images ] rallied from a goal down to beat Malaysia 2-1 in their final league match and make it to the semi-finals in the sixth Junior Women's Asia Cup Hockey Championship in Bangkok on Tuesday.
India finished second in Group A, behind China.
In a must-win match for India, the teams played out a goalless first half.
Norazlin Sumantri scored for Malaysia within a minute of resumption in the second half, but Anupa Barla (52nd minute) and skipper Ritu Rani, who converted a penalty-corner in the 65th minute, ensured that India reached the next stage.
India will face the winner of Group B -- either Korea or Japan [ Images ] -- in the semi-final, to be played on July 5.
Ten minutes after Malaysia took the lead, India started to dominate the proceedings. Anupa's strike capped a good pass by vice-captain and
Fellow-forward Poonam Rani, while Ritu Rani successfully converted a penalty-corner.
It was India's third victory in four matches. They had beaten Sri Lanka [ Images ] and Singapore in earlier games before losing to China.