Birshu Bhengra performed a hat-trick to help Jharkhand blank Bhopal 3-0 in a Pool C match on the opening day of the National ‘A’ division hockey championship at the Dhyan Chand Stadium here on Tuesday.
Bhengra converted three penalty corners in the final 13 minutes to ensure full points for Jharkhand. International Diwakar Ram slotted home three goals as Uttar Pradesh beat Odisha 5-2 in another Pool C engagement.
The results: Pool C: Jharkhand 3 (Birshu Bhengra 3) bt Bhopal 0; Uttar Pradesh 5 (Diwakar Ram 3, Amir Khan, Ajit Pandey) bt Odisha 2 (Amon Mirash Tirkey, Joseph Toppo).
Pool D: Railways 3 (Amit Rohidas 2, M.G. Poonacha) bt FCI 0.