IPOH, Malaysia — India will defend the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup against Asian champions South Korea in the Sunday final after world champions Australia narrowly missed the cut.
The Indians qualified when they topped the group with 13 points after thrashing Egypt 7-1 in Ipoh, Malaysia.
Indian defender Dhananjay Mandip scored the first hat-trick of the tournament in the 34, 40 and 42nd minutes while Rajpal Singh (44), Rupinder Pal Singh (48), Tushar Khandker (49) and Sarvanjit Singh (70) were the other scorers.
Egypt's goal in the 68th minute was scored by Ahmed Abdul El Hakim.
The Indians were followed by three teams on 11 points each after the last group action. South Korea in the end had the better goal difference compared to Australia and Malaysia to make the final.
The Koreans had gone into their match against Pakistan knowing only a two-goal margin would be enough.
And they managed it -- only just -- defeating Pakistan 4-2 in a match which turned chaotic in the last four minutes when the Pakistanis received two red cards and conceded a controversial penalty stroke.
"The umpiring is the worst I have seen and the decisions were just atrocious," said Pakistan skipper Mohamed Imran, sent off for arguing with the officials.
"It was clearly not a penalty stroke and the umpire gave it. But that is not the only occasion where the umpires made a mistake," he said.
"We spent money and time to come here and to be undone by shoddy umpiring decisions is unacceptable. This is wrong and my players were in tears after the game."
Pakistan scored their goals through Mohamed Zubair and Mohamed Imran in the 32nd and 57th minutes. The goalscorers for the Koreans were Lee Nam-Yong in the 38 and 46th minutes and Nam Hyun-Woo in the 66 and 68th minutes.