Needing a victory in their last round-robin league fixture to qualify for Saturday's title (17th April) clash, the five-time winners India stamped their authority on the hosts to finish ahead of defending champions New Zealand in the standings. India will now meet reigning world champions Australia in the final on Saturday. Australia has won this title a record eight times and India claimed the honours five times.
With the Australians already booking their place in the summit clash thanks to their all-win record in this tournament, Australia prevailed 3-0 over Canada to complete an all-win record in the preliminary league. Having to reach the finals, the men from the sub-continent just required a simple win to pip New Zealand to the second spot the final, and they achieved it in style - thrashing the hapless Malaysia with a 6-1 victory at Ipoh in Malaysia. Ramandeep Singh (25th, 39th minutes) struck twice for India while Chandanda Thimmiah (3rd), Harjeet Singh (7th), Danish Mujtaba (27th) and Talwinder Singh (50th) scored once each. Shahril Saabah (46th) got a consolation goal for the hosts at the closing stages.
Australia finished with the maximum 18 points from six outings, followed by India on 12 points and New Zealand on 11 points. The defending champions New Zealand will clash with hosts Malaysia for the Bronze medal, while Pakistan will face Canada for the fifth position.