Delhi men defeated Maharashtra 26-21, 11-9 in the opening match of the National beach handball championship at Kozhikode beach here on Monday night.

Deepak (14 points) and Naveen (6) were the main scorers for Delhi, while Shubam (9) and Tausif Khan (7) did the bulk of the scoring for Maharashtra.

Later, in another men's match, Jharkhand beat CISF 15-13, 20-19. Syed Azhar (17) and Sazid (8) caught the eye for the winner, while V. Binu and Anil Kumar did well for CISF, scoring seven points each.

Also in the men's section, Services beat Jammu & Kashmir 20-11, 20-5. — Principal Correspondent

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