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Imran scores hat-trick in Chennai’s win over Chandigarh

Both teams have lost their opening games.

Written by Agencies | Chandigarh | Published: March 3, 2012 9:10:33 pm

Pakistan international Syed Imran Warsi scored a hat-trick as Chennai Cheetahs beat Chandigarh Comets 5-3,their second successive defeat,in the World Series Hockey here tonight.

With both teams having lost their opening games earlier,the Chennai team dominated the proceedings for most part of the match taking an early lead.

They were leading 3-1 at half-time of the four quarter match,with each quarter being of seventeen-and-a-half years duration.

The remaining two halves saw some keenly contested hockey but Chennai maintained the edge.

The visitors,led by Brent Livermore,dominated the first quarter all through tasting success in the seventh minute with drag-flicker Imran earning them the lead in the first penalty corner.

Playing before a thin home-crowd,the Chandigarh team was looking hapless and lacking in intensity in the first quarter and conceded another goal when Adam Sinclair finished a good attack build up by Mark Harris.

The home team failed to capitalise on the presence of Pakistani import captain Rehan Butt,who had not featured in the first match.

Butt was running around without passes reaching him and his substitution for a while also did not help the team cause in the first quarter.

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