With Pakistan losing their semi-final and India winning theirs 2-0 against Malaysia, the 1975 world champions have stepped closer to a 2014 World Cup berth.
"It's the most crucial match for us in recent times." India captain Sardar Singh had said on the match eve, precisely putting India's Asia Cup semi-final against Malaysia into perspective.
South Korea beat Pakistan 2-1, ending their hopes of reaching the World Cup. It's the first time Pakistan won't be playing the World Cup since its inception in 1971.
File photo of Sardar Singh during a match against Malaysia. (Getty Images)