Sher-E-Punjab proved too hot for Karnataka Lions as it won 6-1 in the World Series Hockey tournament match here on Saturday. On the mark for the Punjab team were Mandeep Antil (25th min), Tariq Aziz (30), Gagan Ajit Singh (32), Harpal Singh (44), Harpreet Singh (63) and Prabhjot Singh (65).
While Antil, Harpal and Harpreet converted the penalty corners, Aziz successfully sounded the boards from the penalty stroke.
In Chandigarh in another match Chennai Cheetahs got the better of Chandigarh Comets 5-3. The Chennai team rode on a hat-trick by Syed Warsi who opened the scoring as early as in the 5th minute, converting a penalty corner. He then converted two more in the 24th and 40th minute. Adam Sinclair (10) and Mark Harris were the other scorers for the Cheetahs.
The Chandigarh team did try to get back in the match through goals from Ramandeep Singh (28) and Rehan Butt (37), but could not keep the rivals at bay. Sukhwinder Singh (64) did get one more back but Harris's riposte just a minutes later kept the visitors well ahead.
At Jalandhar: Sher-E-Punjab 6 (Mandeep Antil, Tariq Aziz, Gagan Ajit Singh, Harpal Singh, Harpreet Singh 63, Prabhjot Singh 65) bt Karnataka Lions 1 (Vinayak Bijwad).
At Chandigarh: Chennai Cheetahs 5 (Syed Warsi 3, Adam Sinclair, Mark Harris) bt Chandigarh Comets 3 (Ramandeep Singh, Rehan Butt, Sukhwinder Singh).
Sunday's matches: Sher-E-Punjab v Pune Strykers, Jalandhar, 7 p.m.; Mumbai Marines v Chandigarh Comets, Mumbai, 9 p,m.
Keywords: World Series Hockey