Pakistan kicked-off their Asian Games hockey campaign on a winning note with a 2-0 win over Japan in a pre-tournament friendly at the Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex, Jakarta.

Men in Green are now in line to play their first Pool B match against Thailand on August 20, which will be followed by matches against Oman on August 20, Indonesia on August 24, Malaysia on August 26 and Bangladesh on August 28.

The high-octane clash against India is possible in the semis or the final, which will take place on August 30 and September 1, respectively.