PSB thrash Indian Oil, PNB pip Bharat Petroleum in Nehru Hockey

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New Delhi, Nov 21 (UNI) A five goal blitz in a pace of 14 minutes saw Punjab and Sind Bank (PSB) hand a shocking 6-1 thrashing to star studded Indian Oil in the super league of the 44th Nehru Hockey tournament here today.

Vikramjit Singh was the star for the Bank men's win as he slammed three goals.

As it was not enough, earlier PNB XI stunned Bharat Petroleum (BP), packed with olympians and internationals, 3-1.

In the first match IHF (U-21) overpowered former champion Border Security Force (BSF).

No body expected such a rout for the Indian Oil as they were locked 1-1 at the half time with PSB. However, the second session saw bankmen going on a rampage pumping in five goals in a space of 14 minutes to demolish their fancied rivals.

It was Indian Oil who took the lead in the 17th minute through Olympian Didar singh, but the lead lasted barely four minutes as bankmen hit back forcing a penalty corner which was converted by Vikramjit Singh (1-1).

It took another 28 minutes for another goal to be scored and this time it was Parminder Singh who put the bankmen ahead with a fine goal (2-1). And after that there was no looking back for the bankmen as Indian Oil defence collapsed unexpectedly.

Vikramjit scored his second and team's third goal in the 58th minute, converting a stroke and in the very next minute Kulwinder singh made it 4-1 for the bankmen.

Vikramjit then converted a penalty corner in the 63rd minute and just before the final whistle, Parminder completed the tally for the bank side.

PNB XI created a major upset when they collected full points against formidable Bharat Petroleum.

Jatinder Saroha scored in the 7th and 29th minutes converting penalty corners but international Sabu Verkey reduced the margin two minutes before the breather.

In the second session BP tried hard for the equaliser but failed, while PNB struck through Banmali to make it 3-1 at the stroke of the final whistle.

IHF (U-21) scored two goals in as many minutes at the fag end of the first session and that turned out to be the winner against BSF.

AB Cheeyana (33rd) and Deewakar Ram (35th) scored a goal each for IHF.

UNI

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