Jharkhand continued its unbeaten run within the league stage with a 5-0 win towards Jammu & Kashmir in its ultimate Pool E match to complete on high of the group and qualify for the quarterfinals of the twelfth Hockey India Senior males’s National championship right here on Monday.
Denis Kerketta struck twice for the winner whereas captain Anurud Bhengra, Manohar Mundu and Birsa Oreya added one every as Jharkhand completed forward of Chandigarh in Pool E, which rounded up its league project with a 6-4 win towards Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu Hockey to complete in second spot with two wins and a loss.
Hat-trick by Nitish
In Pool F, Bengal gained 7-2 towards Arunachal Pradesh to e book a spot within the final eight with Nitish Neupane scoring a hat-trick for the winner.
The different Pool F match had Puducherry overwhelming Gujarat 13-2, captain T. Arun Kumar scoring 5. The ultimate match of the day noticed Assam beat Goa 6–0.
Pool E: Chandigarh 6 (Vishaljit Singh 2, Yograj Singh, Mohit, Amandeep, Kawaljit Singh) bt DNH-D&D 4 (Nabin Kujur 3, Vijendra Singh); Jharkhand 5 (Denis Kerketta 2, Anurud Bhengra, Manohar Mundu, Birsa Oreya) bt J&Okay 0.
Pool F: Bengal 7 (Nitish Neupane 3, Rajendra Oram 2, Kishor Lakra, Saurabh Kumar Singh) bt Arunachal 2 (Deepak Saini, Deepak); Puducherry 13 (T. Arun Kumar 5, Harikrishnan 2, R. Ranjith 2, Pooviyarasan, N. Kamala Kannan, Sellamuthu, E. Sudhan) bt Gujarat 2 (Shubham Yadav, Vrushang Patel).
Pool H: Assam 6 (Mohd Salman Khan 3, Shibom Bhowmick, Rahul Verma, Mohd Alfaij) bt Goa 0.