Ipoh (Malaysia:India warded off a spirited second half resurgence by Belgium to script a 6-4 victory and keep themselves afloat in the Sultan Azlan Shah hockey Tournament on Monday.
The Indians opened up a flattering 5-1 lead by the half time but their opponents fought back brilliantly to score three goals in the second session. But the young Indians managed to hold on their lead to record their second successive win in the seven-nation tournament.
Shivendra Singh and Sandeep Singh rammed in two goals while SV Sunil and Diwakar Ram chipped in with a goal each in the fast paced contest which saw India frittering away a few scoring opportunities.
Alexender de Sadeleere, Jerome Trueyns, Thomas Briels and Charles Vandewgheles were the scorers for Belgium who very nearly caught up with the Indians in the second session.
India have now garnered six points from four matches and have shown signs of an improvement after losing their first two matches against New Zealand and Argentina.
The team, mainly comprising of juniors, started off with a flourish by scoring as many as five goals in the opening session, but seemed to lose their rhythm after the interval with the forward line failing to break through the rival defence.