|December 8th, 2009|
|05||Pool A||12:00pm||IND - CHN||4 - 1 (2 - 0)||Final|
Thanks to a local ritual of breaking an egg and planting a knife in the earth outside the venue, the first game of the day started under clearer skies! India were promptly on the attack and earned a series of penalty-corners. They missed the first one but Prabhjot SINGH was well positioned to collect the rebound on the second and open the scoring in the 7th minute.
India kept besieging relentlessly the Chinese goal, often mystifying the Chinese defense with swift passes, but Rifeng SU stood tall in the Chinese goal and skillfully saved some dangerous shots from close range as well as a strong penalty-corner attempt by Dhananjay MAHADIK. China took advantage of green cards to Indian players to become more threatening but missed their chance to tie the game on two successive penalty-corner attempts.
Play slowed down for a while until the Indian forward stole a ball in midfield in the final minute of the period and overwhelmed the Chinese defense, with Rajpal SINGH deflecting the ball in goal from close range without opposition to increase their lead into the break to two goals.
Despite having most of the ball possession, India seemed to favor individual runs and long balls over collective built-up, and could not significantly penetrate the well regrouped Chinese defense. China reduced the gap in the 41st minute with a penalty-stroke powerfully shot by Yi SONG. Despite a yellow card to Yongxin CUI, India still could not score and were even lucky to survive another penalty-corner unscathed.
It took a penalty-corner in the 56th minute for Sarwanjit SINGH, pouncing on the rebound, to finally increase their tally and build back a more comfortable two-goal cushion. China increased their pressure in the final minutes and had another good chance on a penalty-corner after a yellow card to Sardar SINGH, but their elaborate combination ended up wide, and India went on to a 4-1 win after a last minute goal by Shivendra SINGH.