BPCL thrash PNB to storm into final

Riding high on superb performance from their forwards, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, Mumbai registered a comprehensive 5-1 win over Punjab National Bank to storm into the final of the All India Sahibzada Ajit Singh Hockey Champion Trophy being played at Olympian Prithipal Singh Hockey Stadium, Ludhiana, on Friday.

Both the teams went all attacking right from the beginning of the match. However, it was the BPCL forwards who looked more threatening in front of the goal. Their efforts soon paid dividends when Amir opened the account for the Mumbai team in the 18th minute of the match. Bolstered with the goal, BPCL stepped up the tempo and made constant attacks into the opposition half. Sher Singh increased the leeway for the Mumbai team as he scored the second goal of the match in the 21st minute of the match to put BPCL ahead by 2-0.

Three minutes later, Ravi Pal successfully converted a penalty corner to make it 3-0 in favour of BPCL. At the end of the first half, BPCL were leading by 3-0 in the match.

The start of the second half saw the Punjab National Bank forwards making some inroads into the BPCL territory. Hardeep Singh scored the solitary goal for the side as he netted a field goal in the 42nd minute of the match. The remaining second half was dominated by BPCL. Gurpreet Singh scored his first goal of the match in the 46th minute of the match and then added another goal to his name by scoring in the 52nd minute of the match. The Mumbai outfit were comfortably placed at 5-1.

Earlier in the day, Chandigarh XI scored a 2-0 win over Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala in the girls' category.

Jasjeet Kaur scored the first goal for the Chandigarh team when she successfully converted a penalty corner in the 45th minute of the match. Navneet Kaur scored the second goal for the winning team in the 67th minute of the match.

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