TN overwhelm Kerala - The New Indian Express

TN overwhelm Kerala

Published: 26th September 2012 10:42 AM

Last Updated: 26th September 2012 10:42 AM

 Air India and Ma­dhya Pradesh stormed in­to the quarterfinals of Hockey India’s 2nd National Hockey Championship from Pool E with easy victories on Tuesd­ay. Air India hammered Nagaland 16-0 while MP downed Rajasthan 11-0. Air India had earlier beaten MP and Rajasthan while MP had beaten Na­g­a­land 9-2.

Tamil Nadu warmed up for its needle clash in pool G with Odisha with a 16-1 victory ov­er Kerala to add to Monday’s 25-1 conquest of Gujarat. Penalty corner specialist Rupinder Pal Singh scored 5 goals to lead 8 goal-scorers. 

Maharashtra beat Bengal 3-1 in contrast to the high-sc­o­ring games early on. Naveen Sagwan struck in the third mi­nute to get Air India off to a flying start. Vikram Pillay and Somanna Pradhan added two more goals to the tally in quick succession.

Naveen struck ag­ain in the 10th and 13th minutes with field goals. Sandeep Singh scored two more field goals for Air India in 15th and 22nd minutes before Birendra La­kra made it 8-0 in the 28th minute.

Vikram Pillay sounded the boards twice, in the 36th & 37th minutes, to make it 10-0 before Birendra scored again. Vikram got his third & Somanna succeeded twice.

Vinod Pillay completed the tally with two telling strikes and the final tally read 16-0.

MP’s striker Arman Qureshi stroked the ball past the Rajasthan custodian in the 14th minute to put them ahead. Th­ere was no let up thereafter as Amit Kumar Singh and Ni­z­amuddin Mohammed scored one each, while Vikas Choudh­ary scored two field goals.

Shakir Huss­ain converted a penalty corner,  Arman Qures­hi, Vikas and Irshad Iqbal sc­ored off crisp moves and Arman completed the rout five minutes before close.

Hosts Karnataka slammed Himachal Pradesh 5-0 to op­en their campaign in Pool B. S K Uthappa, Nithin Thimm­a­iah, V R Raghunath, Mohan Muthana and MB Aiyappa sc­ored a goal each.

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