Mumbai: Uttar Pradesh XI fought back from behind to overcome Mumbai Hockey Association Limited (MHAL) XI 3-1 in a concluding Pool D league match of the 53rd All India Bombay Gold Cup hockey championship here on Friday. UP topped the three-team pool to enter the quarter finals along with the losers who finished second. Later, last year’s runners-up Bharat Petroleum and Punjab and Sind Bank played out a 1-1 draw and both made it to the last eight from Pool C.
MHAL playmaker Osaf Ur Rehman rocked the UP citadel with a strike in the very second minute. Before the latter fought back and restored parity through Mehkeet Singhs penalty corner conversion in the 14thminute. Later,Deepak Yadav scored two goals, the first from a field effort in the 45thminute and the second through a penalty corner in the 51stminute, to help UP finish on top of the pool with four points.
MHAL, with three points, were second while Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, bowed out with one point. BPCL took the lead against Punjab and Sind Bank through skipperSher Singh’s goal in the 28thminute before the bankers scored the equaliser through Navdeep Singh in the 37thminute. MHAL XI will face-off against Punjab and Sind Bank, while BPCL and UP XI will line up against each other in the quarter-finals.
Homecoming for Tendulkar
It was a homecoming for Sachin Tendulkar as he had spent a large part of his childhood at the Children’s Park at Kalanagar, Bandra East. Sachin relived his childhood days playing in the neighbourhood and planted an auspicious ‘Tulsi’ plant. “I have many fond memories of playing gully cricket and other sports in this locality as a child and am extremely happy to have got the opportunity to support the restoration of the park. I hope that the refurbished park will attract more and more children to venture outdoors to play, and in the process take up a sport activity. The PWD Park had been refurbished under the MPLAD funds allotted to Sachin Tendulkar during his stint as a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha.
Marathon on March 10
The Saquib Rizvi Memorial Cancer Awareness marathon will be held on Sunday, at BKC to support cancer patients and survivors. The event will see more than 3000 participants across