On the last day of league stage, Uttar Pradesh defeated Manipur 19-2 to set up summit clash against hosts Karnataka, as with today’s win, UP moved to 2nd place in points’ table above Mumbai on the basis of goal difference, while Punjab beat Jharkhand 6-0 to score their 3rd win of the tournament and will play Mumbai in the Bronze Medal Match at 16:00 on 16th May, 2013 at KSHA Hockey Stadium, Bangalore.
Hosts Karnataka will face Uttar Pradesh in the final match to be played under artificial lights at 18:00 tomorrow (16th May, 2013). Both Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh will be looking for their first ever Rangaswamy Cup victory. Uttar Pradesh last appeared in the final of Rangaswamy Cup in 1960 at Kolkata, where they lost to services to finish 2nd, while Karnataka (then Mysore) had played in the final in the year of 1968 at Udhagamandalam, where they lost to Indian Railways.
Points Table of 64th edition of Senior Men’s National Hockey Championship after league stage (Detailed Results here):
Today’s (15 May, 2013) Results (Full Results):
1st Match: Uttar Pradesh Beat Manipur by 19 – 2
For Uttar Pradesh: Diwakar Ram – 1st, 21st, 46th min; Prem Kumar – 10th, 16th, 23rd, 26th, 52nd min; Farooq Alvi – 34th min; Pramod Kumar – 40th min; 42nd min; Abhishek Singh – 12th, 17th, 18th min; Imran Khan – 25th, 28th, 30th, 32nd, 54th min.
For Manipur: Punachandra – 11th min; Bidya Kumar – 46th min.
2nd Match: Punjab Beat Jharkhand by 6 – 0
For Punjab: Balwinder Singh – 20th, 41st min; Satwinder Singh – 36th min, 56th min; Sanjeev Kumar – 44th min; 57th min.