Perth: The Indian women's team played out a sluggish 1-1 draw against Malaysia on Saturday but reserved its place in the finals of the Lanco International Super Series Hockey 9s final here.

With a draw against the host team on Friday and after gaining full points against Malaysia on the opening day, India did enough to book a final berth in the three-nation event.

They will face Australia in the final clash for the title on Sunday. The experienced Jasjeet Handa, who met a nose injury in the previous matches  backed India and put it forward in the fourth minute, though she scored her first goal in three matches but the team allowed the Malaysians to graze back later in the game.

India ended up conceding a penalty corner just 10 seconds before the hooter went off and Rahma Othman Siti converted it for Malaysia to earn her team its first point in the four-day competition.

India will again play Australia on Saturday in a repeat league match, the result of which is of no consequence after this match.

(Agencies)