Jalandhar, October 17: The stage is set to win the ultimate honours in the 30th Indian Oil Servo Surjit Hockey Tournament being played here. On the penultimate day of the competition, the two teams that reached the final are the defending champions Indian Oil and Punjab & Sind Bank, which will be live on PTC channel.
The final match will be played tomorrow (18th October) at 7:00PM after the performance by Diljit Dosanjh, where the winning team will be richer by Rs 5 lakh.
It will Punjab & Sind Bank’s 16th appearance in the finals of the Surjit Hockey Tournament. The bankers have won the title 6-times while ended up on 2nd place nine times. Three times champions of Surjit Hockey, IOCL will be playing their 7th final of this year.
In the first semifinal this evening, Indian Oil, by exhibiting good patience and better staying power, managed to edge past Army XI who were leading 3-1 at half time. But by the time the umpire blew the final whistle, the Indian Oil had managed to bring themselves on par with Army XI (3-3). The deadlock followed the penalty shootout in which Indian Oil won the contest 11-10 to enter the final.
Army XI took lead in the 7th minute of the play when S Arumugam scored a field goal (1-0). In the 10th miute of the play Indian Oil’s Roshan Minz scored the equalizer (1-1). In the 21st minute Army XI took lead once again with field goal by Chandan Aind (2-1). In the 28th minute Army XI struck once again and this time D Muthanna scored (3-1) and this was scoreline at half time.
In the second half Indian Oil bounced back and Harmanpreet Singh reduced the margin with penalty corner conversion (2-3). In the 53rd minute of the play Indian Oil Olympian Parbhjot Singh equalized (3-3). In penalty Shoot out both teams leveled at 4-4, then sudden death rule applied in which Probhjot Singh scored for Indian Oil and Chandan Aind of Army not able to score in the end.
In the second semifinal, Punjab and Sind Bank took the better of ONGC, Delhi, 3-2 after the two teams finished the first 35 minutes of the game at 2-2. But the bankmen generated better pace in the second half to overwhelm their rivals, scoring a decider to seal the fate of ONGC.
Today, the cynosure of all eyes was former India hockey captain Ajitpal Singh, who had led India to World Cup victory in 1975.