Ipoh: Nothing less than a win over Japan on Wednesday should satisfy India as a draw or defeat in their remaining two league games may end the dreams of finishing among top two to contest in the final of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup here.
India currently stand No. 3 on the leader board, but only on goal difference. On points, they are level with New Zealand . Both have 4 points. Australia are sitting pretty at the top, with Great Britain No. 2. They are on 7 points each but the Aussies enjoy a superior goal difference.
Japan gave the Black Sticks a run for their money on Tuesday, when India suffered their first defeat losing to Australia 1-3. The Japanese fought valiantly before going down 2-3, which should cross out any Indian thoughts of an easy match.
The Dragflick Predictor, however, sees a victory nonetheless for India. But the defence can’t afford any lapses like it showed when Australia scored their third goal against them. If anything, the Japanese legs will be swift in their counter-attacks, which is what India must guard against to avoid a scare.