The Indian pair overcame a strong challenge from their Australian opponents in the first set to carve out a 7-5,6-4 victory in one one hour and 13 minutes, to book their places in the quarter-finals.
They will now take on the British combination of Andy Murray and Heather Watson for a place in the semi-finals, bringing them closer to medal contention.
The Indian men’s hockey team failed to convert as many as five penalty corners seconds from the final hooter to go down 1-2 against Netherlands, but still managed to book a quarterfinal berth.
India made it to the quarterfinals, owing to the reigning Olympic champions Germany playing out a 4-4 draw with Argentina in another Pool B match. India are now on third spot in Pool B standings, with six points from four matches. Even if they lose against Canada in their last group match on Friday, India are certain to make it to the last eight stage.
In women’s hockey, India’s poor run continued as they lots 0-3 to USA in a Pool B encounter. Kathleen Bam struck twice for the Americans in the 14th and 42nd minute, while Melissa Gonzalez scored the third goal in the 52nd to hand the Indians their third consecutive defeat.
Indian women’s team are yet to win a game in Rio. They started their campaign with a 2-2 draw against Japan, and then lost to Britain and Australia.