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Inter-Department National Hockey: CAG, SAI make a winning start

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Bengaluru, Dec 18 (IANS) Comptroller & Auditor General of India and Sports Authority of India recorded easy wins on the opening day of the 1st Hockey India Senior Men Inter-Department National Championship 2021 played at the Field Marshal KM Cariappa Hockey Stadium here on Saturday.

On a day that saw a number of matches being forfeited because many teams did not reach the venue. The matches between Services Sports Control Board and Defence Accounts Sports Control Board in Pool A; Association Of Indian Universities with Central Reserve Police Force in Pool A, All India Police Sports Control Board with Steel Plants Sports Board in Pool B and Petroleum Sports Promotion Board with Major Port Sports Control Board in Pool C were forfeited, resulting in a 5-0 default win for Services Sports Control Board, Central Reserve Police Force, All India Police Sports Control Board and Petroleum Sports Promotion Board respectively.

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In the first match of the day, CAG marched to a strong 3-0 win against Food Corporation of India (FCI) in their Pool C encounter.

Dominating the proceedings right from the first hooter, CAG established a good lead in the second quarter with Chandan Singh showing fine form to score back-to-back goals through penalty corner conversions in the 18th and 19th minutes. With a comfortable 2-0 lead, they succeeded in putting pressure on the FCI early in the match. In the 57th minute, they scored the third goal through Mohd. Naeemuddin to end the match on a winning note.

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In another exciting match of the day, Sports Authority of India made a late surge to register a fine 2-1 win against Canara Bank in their Pool B match. While it was SAI that caught the Canara Bank defence napping in the early minutes of the game with a field goal by Rimanshu in the 2nd minute, Canara Bank staged a comeback in the second quarter with a fine goal by forward Nikkin Thimmiah, who has played for India in the Rio Olympics 2016. It was a good variation in the penalty corner conversion that ensured they equalised in the 21st minute.

Sports Authority of India, however, made a late surge in the final quarter to snatch the winning three points. It was a goal by Roshan F that helped them secure their first victory in the group stage.

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–IANS

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