Pakistan got off to a winning start in the 25th edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup when they defeated Canada 3-1  in Ipoh.


It was a battle in the heat of Ipoh, humidity slowing the players down.


Pakistan failed to qualify for the Rio Olympics while Canada had booked their spot, hence the former Asian Giants had more reasons to win, to justify their world ranking of 10 opposed to 15 of the Canadians.


Pakistan came close in the opening two minutes but Mohd Rizwan was unable to position himself well to deflect a cross by Umar Bhutta.


The first quarter saw both teams playing cautiously but Pakistan were looking more dangerous.


And in the 27th minute Mohd Qadir Arslan opened scoring for the Green Shirts.


Hardly had the cheers died down that Qadir scored the second, pouncing on a penalty corner rebound.


Richard Hildreth reduced the deficit in the 48th minute but Pakistan scored their third through a penalty corner converted by Mohd Tousiq in the  52nd minute.