Chandigarh, Mar 30: With both sides having already qualified for the semifinals, Chandigarh Comets' Gurjinder Singh scored four goals to help his side crush Karnataka Lions 6-1 in the inconsequential last league game of the World Series Hockey on Thursday.
Assured of last-four berths, the two teams lacked in intensity earlier on. However, the fourth and last quarter saw some excitement with Gurjinder converting three penalty corners.
In the second quarter, Gurjinder gave his team the first goal. Gurjinder has already scored 18 goals in the tournament. Chandigarh went past table toppers Sher-E-Punjab who have a game left.
Karnataka, placed at number three spot, scored their only goal in the 8th minute of the second quarter when Sandeep Singh scored from a penalty corner.
For Chandigarh, just three minutes before the half time, Gurjinder converted from the third penalty corner. Ramandeep Singh pumped in a field goal with less than two minutes for half time to make it 2-1.
In the fourth quarter, Gurjinder pumped in three goals while a field goal was scored by Belsajar Horo.
Pune Strykers' semis hopes alive after victory
Simrandeep Randhawa came up with a brilliant hattrick to help Pune Strykers snatch a thrilling 5-4 victory over Bhopal Badshahs in their last league game of the World Series Hockey in Bhopal on Thursday.
Simrandeep (52nd minute, 55th, 60th), while Nikkin Thimmaiah (10th) and Birendra Lakra (68th) scored two field goals to help Pune make a brilliant comeback and keep their semifinal hopes alive.
Pune will now keep an eye on the match between Mumbai Marines and Chennai Cheetahs today.
Today's Matches (March 30)
7.00 pm Delhi Wizards vs Sher-E-Punjab (Delhi)
9.00 pm Mumbai Marines vs Chennai Cheetahs (Mumbai)