india staged a dramatic fightback to retain the Asia Cup hockey title with a pulsating 3-2 victory over South Korea, relying on ace drag flicker Diwakar Ram's brilliance to score the match-winner early in the extra time.

The Indians were trailing 0-2 till the 52nd minute of the fast-paced contest before clawing back in a sensational manner with three quick goals to leave the Koreans in a daze.

After being locked 2-2 at the end of regulation time, the in-form Diwakar Ram converted a penalty corner to tilt the balance in India's favour in the summit showdown which saw fortune fluctuating from one team to the other till the very end.

Scenes of wild celebrations broke out in the galleries as soon as Diwakar Ram netted the 'golden goal' while the Indian players hugged each other to celebrate their second successive Asia Cup triumph.