Pune: Holders Punjab will take on Air India in the final of the third Hockey India senior men's National Championship after they beat Karnataka 5-2 and Haryana 7-3, respectively, here Sunday.
In the first semi-final, Air India started with Affan Yusuf scoring in the fifth minute following a splendid solo effort. Mandeep Anti equalised for Haryana in the 10th minute to raise hopes of a close match.
However, Air India struck three telling blows before half-time for a 4-1 advantage. Pune lad Vikram Pillay scored with a backhand flick in the 15th, skipper Prabodh Tirkey converted a penalty corner in the 28th and former international Sameer Dad added to the tally in the 31st.