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Pakistan beat China 5-2. -File photo

KARACHI: Pakistan cruised past China 5-2 in their second match of the Asian Hockey Champions Trophy in Doha, Qatar on Friday.

Waqas Sharif and Abdul Haseem scored two goals each while Shakeel Abbasi scored one to guide the Greenshirts to their second consecutive victory in the tournament.

In the opening match, Pakistan had trounced Oman 8-3, while India had beaten China 4-0.

Pakistan's next match is against Malaysia on Sunday, December 23.

The tournament comprises six top teams from Asia – Pakistan, China, India, Oman, Malaysia and Japan.

Pakistan are firm favourites to win the Asian event after a successful Champions Trophy where they clinched a bronze medal by beating India in the play-off.