TEAMS OF SAI XI and PNB Academy today won their respective matches in the inter-SAI hockey tournament being organised at SAI Regional Centre, Bishenkheri.
SAI XI maintained their claim for the final after defeating SAI Blues 2-1. However, the first 37 minutes of the game saw no goal from any team. SAI XI had some close opportunities to take lead, but the strong defense of SAI Blues foiled their attacks.
But the consecutive attacks gave the team breakthrough when Shashikant managed to net the ball. His field goal gave the team an important 1-0 lead. Yadveer brought the smile in the SAI XI camp by making the lead 2-0 just after two minutes. SAI Blues tried their best to bounce back in the match.
The team managed to reduce the lead by scoring first goal in the 56th minute of the game. But they failed to save the match as the opponents started playing defensive game and never allowed to enter the danger zone. SAI XI won the match 2-1.
In the second match, team of Bhopal Nawab disappointed the spectators as they lost to PNB Academy 1-4. Bhopal players failed to impress in the entire match.