NEW DELHI (AFP) India were forced to split points with a gritty Scotland after their opening Pool A hockey match in the Commonwealth Games here on Monday ended in a 1-1 draw. Scotland took the hosts by surprise when they opened a 1-0 lead in the third minute through Holly Cram in the days last match at the Major Dhyan Chand stadium. India, silver medallists in the 2006 Melbourne Games, were forced to play catch-up from there on, leaving a home crowd of just 200 fans largely disappointed. They did manage to equalise when Jasjeet Kaur Handa slotted in a field goal in the 45th minute but failed to find the winner in the face of a spirited display by the Scots. Indias teenaged star, Rani Rampal, who finished as the second best scorer in last months World Cup at Rosario in Argentina, failed to work her magic this time. In an earlier Pool B match, Norbaini Hashim scored two crucial goals as Malaysia pulled off a narrow 3-2 win against higher-ranked Canada. The nippy forward scored a field goal in the 18th minute to help Malaysia go into the half-time with a 1-0 lead. Canada, ranked three notches above their rivals at 19, tried to regroup after the break but were denied the goal by an alert Malaysian defence. Norfaraha Hashim made it 2-0 for Malaysia in the 49th minute when she converted a penalty corner. Norbaini then struck her second field goal of the match seven minutes later, underlining a determined performance by the petite Malaysian women. Desperate Canada tried to launch a counter attack, scoring twice in a space of three minutes through a penalty strike by defender Diana Roemer (56) and a field goal by Anna Kozniuk. But they failed to find the equaliser with their strikers letting the team down. Malaysia coach Atan Yahya said his team was not worried by Canadas late charge. We had a really good defence, he said. Im pleased with our second half performance, although the last 20 minutes were tougher. Our defenders were focused and looking at what was in front and not what was behind them. Also, we were a little lucky because our goalkeeper had a very good game. Canadas coach Louis Mendonca said his team paid for conceding the early advantage. We played well for a very young team, but its not an excuse for the loss, he said. We had a bad start, and we paid for it. We need to learn to start better.