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SAI Delhi subdue Bhopal

SAI DELHI today brushed past over SAI Day-Boarding Bhopal 3-1 in the inaugural match of the inter-SAI hockey tournament that began at SAI Regional Centre, Bishenkheri here. The second match between Jhansi and Rajnandgaon ended in a two-all draw.

india Updated: Sep 02, 2006 02:15 IST

SAI DELHI today brushed past over SAI Day-Boarding Bhopal 3-1 in the inaugural match of the inter-SAI hockey tournament that began at SAI Regional Centre, Bishenkheri here. The second match between Jhansi and Rajnandgaon ended in a two-all draw.

Hosts Bhopal disappointed the spectators. The splendid and strong Delhi team made Bhopal look feeble through fast and controlled hockey. However, Delhi started slowly. The first half ended with the scoreboard reading 1-0 in favour of Delhi. Ashok Kumar scored the goal through penalty corner.

Bhopal got some close opportunities but failed to capitalise on them. The second half saw intense and fast game from the visitors.

Amit of Delhi created more problems for the home team and scored another goal. Once again, Bhopal demonstrated poor game in the second half and failed to equalise on a number of occasions.

Ashok Kumar, scorer of the first half, scored his second and team’s third goal in the closing moments of the match. When the hosts were almost of the verge of being blanked 3-0, Sahil Siddiqui scored in the last minute of the match through a penalty corner. However, it was too late for Bhopal to bounce back. Delhi won the match.

Earlier, chief guest of the opening ceremony, the former Olympian Jalaluddin, inaugurated the tournament. On the occasion, SAI regional director in-charge A K Sharma, national hockey coach Rajinder Singh and others were present.

First Published: Sep 02, 2006 02:15 IST