Kuantan: Favourites India prevailed 3-2 over arch-rivals Pakistan to reclaim the Asian Champions Trophy, presenting a perfect Diwali gift to the nation at Kuanton on Sunday.
Goals from Rupinder Pal Singh, Yousuf Affan and Nikkin Thimmaiah helped India surmount the challenge from Pakistan
This was the first time the teams were meeting in the final of a continental tournament since India dethroned Pakistan as the Asian Games champions in Incheon, South Korea in 2014.
India had won the inaugural edition of the Asian Champions Trophy by defeating Pakistan in the final in 2011.
Pakistan reversed the result in the title contest the next year and went on to retain it in 2013 by defeating Japan.