Chennai, Jul 30 (PTI): Hockey Bengaluru surprised fancied Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) 4-3 by scoring twice in the last 10 minutes in a Pool “A” match of the 91st All-India MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup hockey tournament here today. Also Read - Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan Seeks PM Modi's Intervention to Retain Bharat Petroleum in Public Sector
BPCL were ahead 3-2 with some 13 minutes to go for the hooter when the Bengaluru team hit back through a penalty corner conversion from V R Raghunath and a 63rd minute field goal by Biju Yirkal to secure a crucial win. Also Read - Naidu has failed to use Central funds in appropriate way:PM
Imran Khan put BPCL ahead by finding the net in the 15th minute. In the second half, the lead kept changing hands before the Bengaluru team stormed to victory with a strong performance in the last 15 minutes. Also Read - Installation of anti-pollution devices: NGT raps oil companies for failing to deposit 1 cr fine
The Hockey Bengaluru team recovered well after a 6-2 loss at the hands of the fancied Indian Railways in its opening match, to pull off a win against BPCL.
BPCL suffered a second defeat, which could put its chances of making the semifinal in jeopardy.
In Pool “B” matches, Punjab National Bank notched up a second straight win, outclassing Hockey Odisha 6-2 with Gagandeep Singh and Gurjinder Singh leading the charge scoring two goals each while Army XI defeated Central Secretariat Hockey Team 2-1.
PNB leaped to a 4-1 lead in the first half with an attacking approach as Hockey Odisha’s fortunes continued to suffer after it started with a creditable draw against Army XI on the opening day.
Army XI, meanwhile, bounced back from a 5-0 thrashing against ONGC yesterday, to get the better of Central Secretariat Hockey Team 2-1 with the winning goal coming from BB Machaiah in the 69th minute.
Results: Pool “A”: Hockey Bengaluru 4 (Rajkumar Pal 42, V R Raghunath 56, 61, Bijju Yirkal 63) beat BPCL 3 (Imran Khan 15, Jarnail Singh 51, Anand Rai 57).
Pool “B”: Punjab National Bank 6 (Gagandeep Singh 9th minute, 53, Hardeep Singh 10, Gurjinder Singh 16, 30, Sumit Toppo 54) bt Hockey Odisha 2 (Asish Topno 34, Manip Kerketta 38).
Army XI 2 (Siraju AP 10, BB Machaiah 69) beat Central Secretariat Hockey Team 1 (Sivamani 33).
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.