Topping their pool with dominating wins in the league stage, defending champions India are all set for the Malaysian challenge in the hockey semi-final of the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta on Thursday.

The PR Sreejesh-led team have made the semis after high-scoring victories against Indonesia (17-0), Hong-Kong China (26-0), Japan (8-0), South Korea (5-3) and Sri Lanka (20-0).

India have scored a record 76 total goals in the tournament so far. Though they would have liked to keep a clean sheet, they conceded just three goals in the five matches they have played.

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According to the experienced skipper, India must ensure they defend carefully in order to keep Malaysia from earning penalty corners, which is one of their strong points.

(With inputs from IANS)

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