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Delhi, Chennai stun rivals to seal berth in hockey finals | Lucknow News

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Lucknow: Delhi edged past Bhopal while Chennai defeated Lucknow in the semi-finals to secure their berth in the finals of the All-India SBI Inter-Circle hockey tournament at Mohammed Shahid Stadium.
In the first semi-final of the day, Bhopal started off on the front foot when Syed Mansoor Ali scored for his team in the 4th minute of the game. Mohammad Naeem too hit a goal in the 23rd minute.
Kunal Rawat gave a breakthrough to Delhi in the 18th minute of the game. Stepping up the attack, Deepak Bhalla (41st minute) and RRS Shahi (56th minute) ensured Delhi’s 3-2 victory over Bhopal.
In the second semi-final, hosts Lucknow were defeated by Chennai 2-0. Faustus Leo scored the first goal for Chennai in very first minute of the game followed by another goal by Suresh in the 15th minute.
Delhi and Chennai will clash for the title on Sunday. An award ceremony will be held at Anandi Water Park & Resorts at 5pm which will be followed by a ‘kavi sammelan’.
Press XI outshine Jal Kal XI : In a keenly contested match, Press XI defeated Jal Kal XI by a narrow margin of one run in the ongoing Lucknow Nagar Nigam Cricket Tournament at KD Singh Babu Stadium on Saturday. Batting first, Press XI scored 148 runs (five wickets) with the help of impressive innings by Sudhir Tiwari (69 not out) and Abhishek Mishra (40).
In reply, Dheeraj Verma’s 46-run knock and 45 by Raja Dhanuk went in vain as Jal Kal XI fell short by one run scoring 147 in stipulated 20 overs.
Brief scores: Press XI: 148/5 (Sudhir 69, Abhishek 40, Anish 23; Murli 2-17), Jal Kal XI: 147/3 (Dheeraj 46, Raja 45; Rajeev 1-27, Pranchal 1-31); Man of the match: Sudhir Tiwari

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