Pakistan suffered their fourth straight defeat at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup as hosts Malaysia edged off to a 1-0 win over Mohammad Imran’s side on Wednesday.
Malaysia skipper Mohammad Razie Rahim converted a penalty corner on the third minute which proved enough for them.
Later their goalkeeper Hairi Abdul Rahman saved the day for them as Pakistan continuously launched attacks but lacked composure in front of the goal.
Pakistan’s last loss against Malaysia before Wednesday’s defeat came in 2013 at the World Hockey League semi-final.
A day earlier India handed Pakistan a 5-1 defeat and dent their prospects of a podium finish in the tournament.
For Pakistan, the opponents changed but the result was as damning as their previous two losses where they were outdone 4-0 and 5-3 by Australia and New Zealand respectively.
Pakistan are currently placed at the 6th spot on the table and with one more game to play against Japan, they need a dramatic turnaround to ensure a 3rd-4th place bronze medal playoff.