LAHORE - Pakistan completed a clean sweep against China in their four-match series by beating them in the fourth match played here at the National Hockey Stadium on Sunday.

Pakistan won the final match 2-1 to maintain their unbeaten record against the visitors in the series. They earlier won three games played (two in Karachi) and one in Faisalabad by 3-0, 5-3 and 3-1 respectively.

Vice-captain Shakeel Abbasi broke the ice through a field goal in the first major attack of the match. Fareed Ahmed doubled the lead in the 26th minute by scoring another goal. China's consolation goal came in the 33rd minute through Dong Yang, who dodged Pakistan's defenders in the final moments of the first half.

"The Chinese played a much improved game today and they kept us in check," stated Pakistan captain Imran. "We had a clear edge on them in the first two matches but they had a good come back in the last two," he added.

Pakistan, however, gifted the series trophy to their rivals to acknowledge their support for the violence-hit country that was isolated after the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009. No foreign team visited Pakistan after that attack citing security concerns.

"China lost the hockey series but won the friendship series by coming to Pakistan. So, we will give this trophy to them," the secretary of Pakistan Hockey Federation, Asif Bajwa said on the occasion of award distribution ceremony.

"The Chinese have proved that there is no security threat to any foreign team in Pakistan and sport is fully protected over here," Asif Bajwa added.