Chandigarh lads to lock horns with UP outfit in hockey final

There was literally no competition between Chandigarh and Jharkhand teams in the first semifinal match in the ongoing 58th National School Games in the U-17 boys hockey event at the Sector 42 Stadium in Chandigarh on Monday. The Chandigarh team dominated throughout the match and eventually thrashed visitors by 8-1 to win the game and storm into the final. For the triumphant Chandigarh team, Hartaj Singh scored a brace while Gurjeet Singh, Harmeet Singh, Mandeep Singh, Manjinder Singh and Jasdeep Singh scored one goal each to script the victory. For the losing team, Mahendra Topno scored the solitary goal. In the second semifinal match, Uttar Pradesh inflicted a 6-1 win over Delhi to reach the final of the tournament. Izhar Khan was in supreme touch as he scored three goals for the winning team.Meanwhile in the U-17 girls hockey semifinals, Haryana overpowered Jharkhand by 8-1 and Mizoram beat Delhi by 4-1. Haryana girls will lock horns with Delhi team in the final.

Punjab to take on Delhi

The Punjab boys team defeated hosts Chandigarh by seven wickets in the semifinal match in the U-16 cricket event played at the Sector 16 Stadium in Chandigarh. On the other hand, Delhi beat Uttar Pradesh by 64 runs in the second semifinal match. Delhi will take on Punjab in the U-17 final. Chandigarh made 174 runs for the loss of nine wickets in 35 overs. Ramandeep (58) and Rahul Singh (51) were the main scorers for Chandigarh. For Punjab, Karan Pathak and Tejpreet Singh grabbed three wickets each. In reply, Punjab chased down the target losing three wickets. Abhinav Sharma smashed a brilliant knock of 90 runs to romp Punjab team home. In the second match, Delhi piled up a total of 222 runs for the loss of six wickets in 35 overs. Mukulit Bhatt topscored with 62 runs while Bharat Sindwani chipped in with 50 runs. Batting second, Uttar Pradesh were bowled out for 158 runs.

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