Punjab overwhelmed Delhi 9-2 and Manipur ousted Andhra Pradesh 4-2 in their final group matches to make it to the quarterfinals of the third Hockey India Senior Men’s National Championship.
Hockey Jharkhand have another match in their final league engagement and will take on Himachal Pradesh,while Karnataka will take on Services Sports Control Board in a crucial league match on Friday.
In a crucial group A match,former India international Deepak Thakur slammed in five goals (7th,42nd,60th,61st,65th minutes) and Vikramjit Singh scored thrice off penalty corners to help Punjab thrash Delhi and top their pool with four wins in as many matches.
The tournament is being played at Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex and Major Dhyan Chand Hockey stadium.
In group E,Jharkhand scraped past Hockey Odisha 3-2 to top the group. Hockey Jharkhand have another match in their final league engagement and will take on Himachal Pradesh. A win for Jharkhand will ensure they book a quarterfinal berth against Punjab.
In the other group E game,Comptroller and Auditor General registered a 2-1 win over Himachal Pradesh.
In group C,Hockey Karnataka scored an easy 8-1 win over Hockey Bihar.
The Karnataka players converted four penalty corners as they demolished a hapless Bihar. Karnataka will take on Services Sports Control Board in a crucial league match tomorrow to decide the quarterfinalist from the group.
In an important match from group G,which decided the quarterfinalist from the group, Manipur overcame Andhra Pradesh 4-2. Manipur ended their campaign winning three of three in the league stage. In the same group,Hockey Uttarakhand scored a 5 -3 win over Hockey Kerala.