Hero Asia Cup: India beat Pakistan 4-0 in Super Four match

India players congratulate Akashdeep Singh after he scored their opening goal. Image courtesy Neeraj Tiwari

India players congratulate Akashdeep Singh after he scored their opening goal. Image courtesy Neeraj Tiwari

India have sailed through the tournament showcasing impressive form.

Shambolic defending or just an Indian comeback, call it what you want, the spoils very clearly go to India in this particular encounter. India won two successive penalty corners in the 48th and 49th minute, both of which were saved by Pakistan's Amjad Ali with some heroic saves to deny the Indians. However the flick from Harmanpreet hit the crossbar as the teams ended the second quarter without a goal being scored.

Later in the 23rd minute, another PC was averted when Karkera saved a fiercely struck dragflick to keep Malaysia from converting.

Dhaka was the scene for a dominant Indian showing as four goals from a young and spirited side steered India to a seventh straight win over their arch rivals, highlighting the massive difference between the two sides. Harmanpreet Singh scored the second goal for India in the 51st minute which was soon followed by Lalit Upadhyay's goal in the 52nd minute. The match can also be seen on mobile phone through the Hotstar app. Nearly immediately, Malaysia won another PC but an alert Chikte averted a goal again.

Though their second goal came through in the 59th minute via Ramadan Rosli, India extended their lead in the 60th minute when stalwart Sardar Singh picked up a brilliant assist to get a reverse shot on goal.

India who had beaten their subcontinent rivals Pakistan in the group stages shall once again look to outclass their opponents and seal a berth into the summit clash on Sunday.

Earlier, hosts Bangladesh finished 6th in the eight-team to play directly in the final round of the next Asia Cup beating China 4-3 in shootout after 3-3 in the scheduled time despite losing other four matches - twice against Japan and one each against India and Pakistan.

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