India defeated Malaysia 2-0 to remain firmly in contention for a place in the final of the five-nation Asian Champions Trophy women's hockey tournament in Singapore on Tuesday.
Poonam Rani scored a field goal in the seventh minute before Deepika doubled India's lead with a successful penalty corner conversion in the 45th minute.
This win helped Neil Hawgood-coached India to take seven points from three matches. They had earlier drawn Japan 2-2 before beating South Korea 3-2.
The world No.12 team will face No.8 China in their final round-robin contest on Friday.
The top two teams at the end of the round-robin stage will directly qualify for the final, while the third and the fourth best teams will play the bronze medal encounter on Saturday.