IA maul Bihar, Delhi beat Mizoram

Defending champions Indian Airlines thrashed Bihar 11-1 in the 61st Senior National Hockey tournament in Hyderabad.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:50 IST
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Arjun Halappa and Brojen Singh gave Indian Airlines a perfect take off as the defending champions thrashed Bihar 11-1 maintaining a clean slate in Pool 'A' in the 61st Senior National Hockey here today. In other morning session matches, Delhi swept past Mizoram 9-4, Chandigarh registered an impressive 7-3 win over Pondicherry and Jharkhand routed Gujarat 7-1. Indian Airlines, Services, Punjab and hosts Hyderabad are assured of a berth in the knock-out phase to be played tomorrow while the other 12 teams will be decided after the completion of the league matches. Halappa, who scored three goals, drew the first blood in the 12th minute and Brojen Singh scored a hat-trick (14th, 19th and 22nd). Afzal Hali made a valiant bid to net the lone goal for Bihar in the 42nd minute only to see veteran Dhanraj Pillai hit back two minutes later. Girish Pimpale scored a brace and Halappa scored again in the 55th minute of the high flying match in which there were no short corner conversions. M Parkash continued to be in fine nick and his hat-trick (22nd, 25th, 30th) powered Chandigarh to humble Pondicherry 7-3. Leading 5-2 at half time, Gurtej Singh scored a brace for the Chandigarh while M Harikishen, S Chandrasekar and Senthil Kumar netted for Pondicherry. (PTI)