India survived some anxious moments as the hosts posed a serious challenge and had their citadel under pressure in the second half and even got a penalty corner in the dying seconds, but the defenders held their ground.
Pakistan was lucky to win as Japan were dominating the game when it ended.
The next match of the Men's Asian Championship 2016 is between the mighty Indians and China on October 25, 2016 in Malaysia. Rupinder Pal Singh scored through a penalty corner in the last quarter to seal victory for India.
India, who are touted to be prime contenders for this year's Asian Champions Trophy, began with a comprehensive 10-2 victory against Japan and fought hard against South Korea in an intense 1-1 draw. Meanwhile, India will have to wait another day to know their opponents after the securing top spot after they garnered 13 points from 5 games. India now have a total of 10 points in the table.
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Malaysia next plays Korea for a 2nd spot finish tomorrow after failing to clinch the top spot. India were inching closer to their second goal every minute in the third quarter, but yet again, Kumar denied Rupinder's drag-flick from the penalty corner. The quick counter-attacking flair of the Indians came to the fore as India found it easy. So far in the tournament, we have seen strong performances from PR Sreejesh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Lalit Upadhyay, and from youngsters like Pardeep Mor, Talwinder Singh and Affan Yousuf. India have shown a lot of tactical flexibility under Oltmans in the course of one week, with Sardar Singh occupying positions as varied as centre-half as well as the centre of midfield.
Four minutes later, Jasjit made it 3-0 as he single-handedly stole the ball from the midfield to enter the rival circle before playing a one-two with S.K. Uthappa prior to employ a reverse-hand strike past the Chinese custodian.
Malaysian goalkeeper leapt to his left to slap away Rupinder's penalty corner shot in the 37th minute bedfore the hosts enjoyed a period of sustained pressure in which they had a couple of cracks at the Indian goal and also forced two penalty corners in the space of three minutes. And they almost gave Malaysia an irreversible advantage when Surender Kumar barged into Azri Hassan in the 49th minute and was shown a yellow and sent off for 10 minutes. After his penalty corner shot was saved, he got a second crack at the ball and he did not make any mistake in finding back of the net in the 12 minute. India finished the third quarter with a lead of 8-0. India had to play the last 10 minutes with 10 players after Surender Kumar was sent off.