Donghae City (South Korea): Defending champions India continued their fine run as they beat world No.8 China 3-1 in their second round-robin match at the fifth Women's Asian Champions Trophy at the Sunrise Stadium here on Wednesday.
India had beaten Japan 4-1 in their opening match on Sunday.
It was experienced forward Vandana Katariya who starred in India's victory as she scored in the 4th and 11th minutes to put them in control. Gurjit Kaur (51st) was the other goal-scorer for India.
India were on the attack right from the start. While a solid defence against a strong Chinese squad was imperative, India showed zeal as they pushed for an early goal.
It was impeccable teamwork among Lilima Minz, Navjot Kaur and Vandana that ensured India the lead in the fourth minute.
An assist by Navjot to Lilima, who used a reverse shot to the post, found a perfect deflection off Vandana's stick.
Their second goal came off Udita's clever assist to Vandana who smashed it past the Chinese goalkeeper.
Wen Dan converted a well-struck field goal to narrow the lead to 2-1 before going into the first break. China had earlier won four back-to-back penalty corners but could not defeat Savita in the Indian goal.
While the second quarter saw India keep up the momentum and show excellent defensive skills that kept China from equalising, the third quarter saw Savita showcase good goalkeeping skills to keep China from converting their fifth penalty corner.
India put up an attacking front yet again in the fourth quarter that fetched them a penalty corner in the 51st minute.
Gurjit, who is India's lone drag-flick expert, made no mistake in swiftly striking the ball to the centre of the post to make it 3-1.
With the clock ticking away, China looked to come back into the game but a goal remained elusive.