This has been a superb performance from India and Rupinder Pal Singh's six goal haul has taken them to rollicking 10-2 over Japan. Barring a bit of slip up in the third quarter, India were really good and did not let Japan breathe. Thank you for joining us for the live coverage.
Q4 15' India 10-2 Japan - End to end stuff here as Japan try to score by crossing the ball in from the left hand side of the end line. India regain possession and now passing the ball around. Last minute of the match and Japan still try to attack but the weight on the pass is too much from Sakamoto. The hooter blows and it is over.
Q4 13' India 10-2 Japan - Four minutes remaining in the match and India are now in cruise control mode. Other than the third quarter, this has been a near perfect performance from Roeland Oltamns' men here. India get the ball in the circle. Nikkin gets it and cannot finish. GOOD SAVE again.
Q4 11' India 10-2 Japan - The ball is played across the Japanese goal and Nikkin forces a good save from the goalkeeper. He does not get hold of it. Good goalkeeping. India attack again but a misplaced pass gives the ball to Japan.
Q4 9' India 10-2 Japan - Though he is not on the scoreboard at the moment, Sardar Singh has been superb today in midfield. SHOT by Ramandeep is saved by the Japanese goalkeeper. Excellent reverse it and even better goalkeeping.
Q4 7' India 10-2 Japan - India are back on top in the game here and looking confident once again. The intensity is quite high and they are looking hungry despite being 10-2 up. Eight minutes remain in the match.
Q4 5' India 10-2 Japan - Rupinder Pal Singh gets in a hit and GOAAALLLLLL by Affan. The umpire reviews if the ball is in but the decision stays. GOAL. India are leading 10-2.
Q4 4' India 9-2 Japan - India have replied well after a rather poor third quarter and Japan are on the backfoot once again. Chinglesana holding the ball for too long there. India are passing the ball within their own half. No harm in doing that as they control the tempo. Sardar with a beautiful ball to Akashdeep and Japan survive again.
Q4 2' India 9-2 Japan - The goal has reinvigorated India's confidence and they are looking to gain the momentum back. Another penalty corner for India here. Rupinder Pal is lurking again. Can he get his sixth on the night? GOAAAALLLLLLLL Not the most convincing shot but enough to get past the defender.
Q4 1' India 8-2 Japan - India attack at the start and win a penalty corner straight away but Japan refer it. UNSUCCESSFUL as the call stands. Ramandeep injects the ball and Rupinder with a ROCKET. GOALLLLLLLL!!!!!! India get their 8th.
The final quarter of the game to begin shortly.
Q3 India 7-2 Japan
Q3 15' India 7-2 Japan - Sardar Singh with some good stick work close to line in the Japanese half but loses the ball eventually. Affan wins the ball and a counter attack results in GOOALLL, NOOOOO. Almost. They should have scored there. Japan frantically clear the ball and now have possession. They attack and take a shot but Sreejesh saves.
Q3 12' India 7-2 Japan - This quarter has belonged to Japan so far as India have not managed possession for an extended period of play. India are looking low on energy and would like to get a few more goals under their belt. They have attacked the circle from all parts but the right is the favoured one.
Q3 10' India 7-2 Japan - Sloppy defending from India and Japan have been rewarded for their energy and pressure. They have started the second half brightly and India are not looking sharp. The game gets underway and Sardar threads a beautiful pass. India attack and win a penalty corner. Rupinder hits and it is saved. Ramandeep and Talwinder attack again but Japan manage to get the ball out of the circle.
Q3 8' India 7-2 Japan - The third consecutive penalty corner and he tries a variation that does not work out well. Unnecessary attempt there as Japan escape that piece of attack from India. Japan have the ball back and India are pressing. Japan are moving it well and Affan fouls the Japanese forward. Penalty corner eventually to Japan due to a Foot Foul. SREEJESH What A SAVE. They take corner and Japan score GOOALLLLLLLLL!!!
Q3 6' India 7-1 Japan - Roeland Oltmans looks a bit worried here and rightly so. India have lost momentum and cannot hold to the ball. Although there is no looming threat but the composure is lacking. India get a penalty corner right as we say that. Rupinder is standing. Uthappa injects the pass and this time it is SAVED. Another penalty corner. Rupinder hits it hard and Kitazato takes a blow. OUCH
Q3 4' India 7-1 Japan - India string a few passes together but lose it again. Japan are showing good intent here. Ball goes out and India get it again. Lakra plays it to Kothajit, who passes to Sardar. India trying to get their momentum back but Japan are holding on to the ball really well here. They are playing the waiting game.
Q3 2' India 7-1 Japan - The third quarters begins and Japan get it underway by trying to keep possession. They have kept the ball well and attack into India's circle. The ball takes a deflection and goes towards Sreejesh, who slaps it away. Bright start from Japan.
The second half is set to begin and we would expect India to increase the intensity and maintain the shape like they did in the first 20 minutes.
We will be back shortly with the second half.
Q2 15' India 7-1 Japan - The first half comes to an end with India slowing down the tempo but go into the break with a lead of six goals.
Q2 14' India 7-1 Japan - Akashdeep with a reverse hit shot but it is saved. Soon after that, he is shown a card. India have lost a bit of steam here but still leading by six goals. Japan try to attack but end up conceding Free Hit to India. They are now controlling the tempo and have slowed it down. Less than two minutes remain in the second quarter.