India got off to a winning start in the 28th Edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup by edging Japan 2-0 in Ipoh.
It was a match largely confined to midfield, with attempts at goal were few in between.
But India deserved the points for making good the chances created and had the lion share of possession in the match.
The first quarter was rather lack listers as both teams were sizing each other up with play largely confined to the midfield.
Varun Kumar made good India’s first penalty corner in the 24th minute, his hit sailing past Japanese custodian Yusuke Tanako.
Try as they did, Japan could not muster a goal shot and even muffed their first penalty corner in the third quarter.
Japan then threw caution into the wind and took of their keeper for an extra outfield player.
And they paid a heavy price as skipper Manpreet Singh sent in a precise reverse stick cross that was met by a diving Simaranjeet Singh to give India a 2-0 lead in the 56th minute.
Japan were awarded their second penalty corner a minute before time but India held on to take all 3 points .