Bhopal, April 8: Delhi Hockey caused a huge upset at the 12th Hockey India Senior Men’s National Championship 2022, beating defending champions Hockey Punjab 3-2 in a Pool A match here on Friday.
On a day that saw some close matches being played in the senior teams, Hockey Delhi got off to an amazing start today.
In the first match of Pool A, Hockey Punjab faced Delhi Hockey in a tight competition. Dheeraj Vats opened the scoring in the 10th minute for Delhi Hockey. But Lovepreet Jainth immediately found the equalizer in the 13th minute of the match.
Mehkeet Singh scored the second goal in the 14th minute, but Dheeraj Vats scored again in the 25th minute to level the score. Both teams defended well in the third and final quarters, but just before the final whistle, Rohit scored the winning goal in the 60th minute as Delhi Hockey beat Hockey Punjab 3-2.
In the second game of the day, Hockey Chandigarh faced Hockey Jharkhand in a very close duel.
Kawaljit Singh opened the scoring in the 7th minute of the match for Hockey Chandigarh, but captain Anurud Bhengra scored the equalizer in the 17th minute for his team.
Hockey Jharkhand took the lead when Noyel Topno scored his second goal in the 23rd minute. But Mohit found the equalizer in the 37th minute for Hockey Chandigarh. Manohar Mundu scored the third and the game-winning goal for Hockey Jharkhand, who defended well in the fourth quarter to win the Group E match 3-2.
In the third game of the day, Hockey Jammu & Kashmir played an exciting 3-3 draw against Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu Hockey.
Sohil Azeem opened the scoring for Hockey Jammu Jammu & Kashmir in the 15th minute, but Nabin Kujur immediately scored the equalizer in the 16th minute. Balmeet Singh gave Hockey Jammu & Kashmir the lead again in the 22nd minute along with Manpreet Singh who he scored the third goal for Jammu & Kashmir in the 25th minute. However, Vijendra Singh scored the third goal for Dadra & Nagar Haveli And Daman & Diu Hockey in the 47th minute to level the score once again.
In the fourth match, Hockey Bengal faced Le Puducherry Hockey in the first Group F contest of the day. Both teams put in a solid defensive performance in the first quarter, but Captain Vinodhan broke the deadlock in the second quarter, scoring the first goal for Le Puducherry Hockey in the 20th minute.
In the 24th minute, Alsem Lakra scored the equalizer to make it 1-1. Rajendra Oram scored Hockey Bengal’s second goal in the 34th minute, but R. Ranjith leveled the score again in the 45th minute. Amon Mirash Tirkey scored the winning goal in the 54th minute as Hockey Bengal beat Le Puducherry Hockey 3 -two.
The final match of the day was a Pool F game between Hockey Gujarat and Hockey Arunachal. Dhiraj Nain opened the scoring in the 5th minute for Hockey Arunachal, but Captain Shubham Yadav found the equalizer in the 7th minute.
Both teams defended well in the second quarter, but Kushal Babarmal Meghwal gave Hockey Gujarat the lead in the 32nd minute. Deepak leveled the score once again, scoring the second goal for Hockey Arunachal in the 47th minute. they held off in the fourth quarter until Sahilkumar Rathod scored the game-winner in the 60th minute for Hockey Gujarat as Hockey Gujarat beat Hockey Arunachal 3-2.