Indian males’s hockey crew beat Japan 2-1 in its opening match of the Super4s stage of the Asia Cup in Jakarta on Saturday.
Defending champion India had misplaced to the Japanese facet 5-2 within the group stage earlier within the match however on Saturday, it put up a resilient efficiency to come back out on prime.
Birendra Lakra-led Indian facet took the lead within the first quarter itself when Manjeet scored a area purpose within the seventh minute of the match.
Nonetheless, Japan equalised early into the second quarter as Niwa Takuma efficiently transformed a penalty nook within the seventeenth minute.
Pawan Rajbhar restored India’s lead within the third quarter by way of one other area purpose within the thirty fourth minute and the lads in blue managed to run down the clock to complete with a 2-1 win.
Within the different Super4s match of the day, Malaysia and Korea performed a 2-2 draw.
India’s second match is in opposition to Malaysia on Sunday.