Japan began the contest on a positive note, scoring in the third minute. Superior fitness and deft stick-work enabled them to dominate the first half. All this while, India remained clueless, only directing their energies to keep the Japanese at bay. After the break, India took possession of the ball several times and raided the Japanese territory. When all seemed lost for the hosts, Soundarya Yendala scored a penalty-corner goal in the 62nd minute to reduce the margin. Three minutes later, Anupa Barla made it 2-2 all. Japan finally prevailed in the shoot-out, scoring three goals while India could convert two. Meanwhile, security had been tightened at the venue following bomb blasts at Hyderabad on Thursday.