The match can also be streamed on Hotstar. It turned out to be a tall task for the world no. Young striker Gurjant Singh gave India the lead in the 19th minute with a fine reverse hit field goal before Japan equalised through Wakuri three minutes later from a penalty corner. After the change of ends, India restored their lead when Chinglensana Singh deflected in from a penalty corner in the 44th minute. Five minutes from the hooter Dilpreet Singh extended India's lead with a superb field strike in the 55th minute.
Pakistan is of course the most successful nation with eight gold, three silver and three bronze medals.
Japan twice reached the victory stand, bronze in and They might be considered unlucky as on no less than seven times, Japan finished fourth.
They attained fifth spot twice and ended sixth on four occasions. Thrice, they did not come across and thrice they played each other twice at the same Asian Games, in pool as well as the bronze medal play off.
The record is overwhelmingly in favour of Pakistan: 12 wins and three draws. They defeated Japan followed by that memorable win over India in the final.
Surprisingly, in the recent international events, Japan has a superior record against Pakistan.
Japan defeated Pakistan in both the league match as well as in the 3rd position play off. This year, at the Tri Nation Tournament in Oman, they again met twice.
In the league game Pakistan beat Japan but in the final Japan were winners. Thus, in the last five matches against Pakistan, Japan have won three, drew one and lost one.
However, after the Tri-Nation in Oman, the famed Dutch coach Roelant Oltmans took over the Pakistan team and there has been a turn around.
Though Pakistan ended last but they gave some amazing performances. They won all the pool matches with big margins including a win against the higher ranked Malaysia.
Japan though suffered a big defeat against India but won all the other four matches. In the last pool game, Japan needed to defeat Korea, who at 14 are ranked two places higher than them. In an exciting encounter Japan managed to win Now, they face 13th ranked Pakistan.
Japan might have enjoyed success against Pakistan in recent times but on the current form the Green Shirts are the favorites in the semifinal. For more updates keep visiting allsportspk TAGS.