Favourite Punjab, taking part in its first match of the Senior National males’s hockey championship right here on Tuesday, with 5 present internationals in its ranks together with Indian captain Harmanpreet Singh, needed to battle onerous to tug off a 4-2 victory over Maharashtra in a Pool-D match.
In the final match of the day, Amit Rohidas’s hat-trick enabled Odisha defeat Delhi 8-1 in a Pool H tie. Earlier, Sanjay scored 4 occasions in Haryana’s 13-1 victory over Chhatisgarh.
The match of the day and maybe the perfect of the Nationals to date was the Punjab versus Maharashtra conflict as a prime workforce been by no means been challenged a lot.
The match went on an excellent keel until the third quarter. Punjab, nevertheless, confirmed its may within the remaining quarter scoring two targets by means of Dilpreet Singh and Harmanpreet Singh that actually took the competition away from Maharashtra. Yuvraj Walmiki’s second purpose got here fairly late within the match for Maharashtra.
Meanwhile, three groups — Haryana (Pool A), Tamil Nadu (B) and Karnataka (C) — topped their teams and certified for the quarterfinals.
Pool A: Haryana 13 (Sanjay 10, 17, 50, 54, Rajant 4, 47, Kohinoorpreet Singh 27, 39, 56, Deepak 41, 59, Abhishek 43, Mukul Sharma 60) bt Chhattisgarh 1 (Karthik Yadav 49).
Pool D: Punjab 4 (Jugraj Singh 26, Simranjeet Singh 41, Dilpreet Singh 51, Harmanpreet Singh 54) bt Maharashtra 2 (Yuvraj Walmiki 20, 59).
Pool G: UP 3 (Manish Yadav 25, Sunil Yadav 37, Faraz Mohd. 53) bt Le Puducherry 2 (T. Arun 46, 55); Kerala 2 (Sadhik 12, C. Abhinav 49) drew with Rajasthan 2 (Shoyab Akhtar 36, 39).
Pool H: Odisha 8 (Amit Rohidas 1, 4, 33, Rajin Kandulna 13, Ashis Kumar Topno 24, 32, Nilam Sanjeev Xess 37, Shilanand Lakra 58) bt Delhi 1 (Aman Khan 11).