After two consecutive defeats, Germany registered a win when they hammered New Zealand 5-1 at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium.
The win propelled Germany from bottom to fourth, albeit temporarily as there are two other matches taking place later tonight.
For a team that cited fitness as one of its strong points, the manner in which Malaysia easily caved in to New Zealand at the Sultan of Johor Cup on Monday night has given rise to concerns on its ability to defend the title.
India placed themselves as the firm favourites in the Sultan of Johor Cup after they beat five-time World Cup holders Germany 3-1 at the Taman Daya Stadium in Johor Baru.
And it was a perfect gift to the Indian public as Diwali, the festival of lights falls on Tuesday. Two wins over two top teams, Australia and Germany have given India the perfect start for the tournament.
Australia bounced back from an opening match defeat to defeat Pakistan 5-1 in a rain-affected match at the Sultan of Johor Cup.
The second half of the match only resumed after a 90 minute delay due to adverse weather conditions and forced the following matches to be delayed by an hour.
Malaysia showed their pedigree of champions as they came from 0-2 down to defeat Germany 3-2 at the Sultan of Johor Cup.
It was a game of two halves as Malaysia displayed a Jekyl and Hyde syndromme with a phatetic display in the opening 35 minutes and lifted their game to record a win that saw them receiving a standing ovation from the royal box where MHC President Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah was present.