Hockey Senior National C'ship: Maharashtra, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh sight last-8 berth

Maharashtra downed Chhattisgarh Hockey 9-2 and Bihar defeated Mizoram 4-0 to share top position in Pool H.

Hockey Maharashtra had Venkatesh Kenche (11th) and Tikkaram Thakulla (15th), who added a goal each to the tally. (Representative Image)   -  Getty Images

Hosts Maharashtra, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh kept themselves in line for quarter-final berths after logging wins in their respective matches in the 11th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship, here on Tuesday.

Maharashtra downed Chhattisgarh Hockey 9-2 and Bihar defeated Mizoram 4-0 to share top position in Pool H.

Both teams with six points each will clash on Thursday to decide who would advances to the quarterfinals.

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Maharashtra holds the aces ahead of this clash with a better goal average of +25 as against +6 of Bihar.

The home side was led by a three-goal effort by Taleb Shah (4th, 30th, 55th), Pratap Shinde (34th, 42nd) and Mohd. Nizamuddin (47th, 50th) in a match they dominated but allowed Chhattisgarh Hockey to breach their defence.

Hockey Maharashtra had Venkatesh Kenche (11th) and Tikkaram Thakulla (15th), who added a goal each to the tally.

Chhattisgarh Hockey had Kartik Yadav (16th) and Junaid Ahmed (35th) reduce the margin.

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