Singapore: India continued their impressive performance by registering an emphatic 2-0 victory over Malaysia in their third pool match of the Women's Asian Champions Trophy in Singapore on Tuesday.
With this win, India remained at the top of the pool table with seven points above Korea, China, Japan and Malaysia respectively.
Playing the first game of the day, India were under pressure to stay in contention for the knockout and they did not disappoint.
Any hopes of Malaysia taking the lead was undone in the first seven minutes as Poonam Rani scored a well-executed field goal to give India the lead.
Having got off to a strong start, the Indians defended well throughout the game, not allowing the Malaysians too many forays into their D and constantly keeping them at bay.
The Malaysian team was denied an opportunity to seek penalty corner right till the end.
Though the opponents took desperate attempts at field goals, they were palmed away rather brilliantly by the Indian custodian Rajani to help maintain the team's lead.
The Indian eves continued to put up an inspired show as they came back stronger after the half-time, when Deepika converted a penalty corner in the 45th minute.
Until then, India had three failed attempts at converting penalty corners despite trying different variations. However, Deepika's experience and presence of mind enabled the team take a 2-0 lead over a hapless Malaysian side.
With this goal, Deepika became the highest goal scorer in the fourth edition of the tournament.
The final quarter saw India hold their nerves, play tactfully and deny any room to Malaysians to come back into the game.