New Delhi, Nov 27 (UNI) A four goal blitz in the second half enabled defending champion Indian Oil open the defence of their title with an emphatic 4-0 win over South Central Railways (SRC) in the 18th Shastri Hockey tournament here today.
Runners up Bharat Petroleum however split points with ARMY XI as the two teams played a 4-4 draw.
In other fixtures of the day, Indian Airlines and PNB played 1-1 draw while Air India downed Namdhari XI 3-2 The first match saw SRC putting up a good fight against Indian Oil in the first session but caved in unexpectedly in the second half.
Indian Oil took the lead in the 48th minute through Tyron who scored off a second penalty corner (1-0). Two minutes later Tyron increased the lead when he scored his and team's second goal.
Jaswinder made it 3-0 in the 61st minute and Ranjodh Singh completed the tally a couple of minutes before the close.
In an engrossing match in which Army XI thrice took the lead but failed to hold on to it and had to be content with a draw with Bharat Petroleum.
Bharat Petroleum dominated the procedings and should have won easily but for the muffed chances. They earned as many as eight penalty corners but could convert only two. Army XI received five penalty corners and they also converted two of them.
Gurpreet Singh put Bharat Petroleum ahead when he converted a penalty corner in the 25th minute. Army XI drew parity five minutes later through Jerum Kujur and then went ahead two minutes later with AK Ekka scoring off a penalty corner.
A minute before the breather Bharat Petroleum equalised with Amar Aiyamma scoring a fine goal.
In the second session, Army twice gained the lead but could not hold on to that. AK Ekka (3-2 in 39th) and D Mahadik (4-3in 61st) were the goal getters for Army while Gurpreet Singh (3-3 in49th) and Jarnail singh (4-4 69th) scored for Bharat Petroleum.
In the third match, Indian Airlines (IA) took the lead in the 49th minute when Olympian Sandeep Singh converted the 4th pernalty corner. PNB equalised eight minutes later through Jatinder Saroha who also converted a penalty corner.
Air India overpowred Namdhari XI to claim full points. The teams were levelled 1-1 at half time.
Joga Singh scored two goals (53rd, 55th) for Air India while Girish Pimple chipped in with one goal(19th). Karamjit Singh scored both the goals (13th, 69th) for the losers.