New Zealand set-up a crucial match against Australia on Saturday when they defeated India 2-0 at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.
Thus with six points they will battle Australia in a winner take all match that could well decide the finalist.
Both the teams trooped onto the pitch with three points each and needed to win to stay in contention for a place in Sunday's final.
While the Black Sticks showed hunger, India were a subdued side as they lack the punch and hardly created moves that could trouble the Kiwi defence.
It was a boring first half as both the teams failed to create any goal worthy chances with play largely centered in the middle of the pitch.
But in the 40th minute, New Zealand opened scoring through Andy Hayward's penalty corner.
India won their first penalty corner in the 53rd minute but Rupinder Pal Singh failed to make it count.
However the Black Sticks made full use of their penalty corner in the 57th minute. The initial attempt by Andy Hayward was padded away by PR Sreejesh in the Indian goal.
But Cory Bennett picked up the rebound, evaded an Indian defender and sent a reverse stick hit crashing into the goal for a 2-0 lead.
Try as they did, India could not find their way past a resilient Kiwi defence.