Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) recorded a commanding 11-0 victory over in their Pool A match of the ongoing on Friday.In Pool B, Central Reserve Police Force beat Hockey Him 3-0. Goals for Central Reserve Police Force were scored by Saroj Ekka (40′), Bikash Kujur (41′) and Sudhir Horo (58′). In Pool F, Hockey Madhya Pradesh recorded a 16-0 victory over Hockey Gujarat to kick start their campaign on a winning note. Prakash Singh Rawat (7′, 21′, 22′), Mayank James (15′, 33′, 50′) and Meet Singh Thakur (16′, 54′, 55′) scored hat-tricks, while Dharmendra K Rajbhar (4′, 26′) and Sushil Maharashi (35′, 44′) scored a brace each in the victory.In Pool G, Punjab National Bank beat Kerala Hockey 14-2. Sukhjeet Singh (17′, 18′, 54′) and Gagandeep Singh Sr. (33′, 59′, 60′) scored a hat-trick each in their comfortable victory. Kerala Hockey’s goals were scored by Jinoy Varghese (11′) and B Sreejith (51′). In Pool C, Hockey Coorg beat Sports Authority of Gujarat – Hockey Academy 3-2 in a pulsating encounter. The two teams traded goals constantly, till KT Kunjappa struck the winner two minutes from full time. Bachira Biddappa (20′) and MK Muddappa (38′) were also among the goals for Hockey Coorg. Goals for Sports Authority of Gujarat – Hockey Academy were scored by Ruchit Patel (28′) and Ashab Kureshi (35′).In Pool H, Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu beat Chhattisgarh Hockey 2-0 in a feisty encounter. In a game that was as much a physical battle as it was tactical, neither team managed to trouble the scorers for the first three quarters. In the final quarter, S Silverstalin finally broke the deadlock with a 49th minute PC conversion. Chhattisgarh Hockey pushed forward in numbers searching for an equalizer, but through a counter, Silverstalin doubled his and the team’s tally with a goal in the 56th minute, one that settled the encounter in their favour.In Pool E’s second game, Hockey Himachal beat Hockey Bihar 8-2. Anuj scored a hat-trick (4′, 14′, 20′, 55′) and was ably assisted by Sumeet Pal Singh’s brace (1′, 18′) as Hockey Himachal took a vital victory in their opening game of the tournament. Hockey Bihar’s goals were scored by Anuj Raj (42′) and Jony Kumar (54′).
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