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Air India, Punjab set grand finale date after semis win

Air India and Punjab knocked out last year’s finalists, Karnataka and Haryana, respectively, in the two contrasting semi-finals of the men’s National  hockey championship on Monday.

While Air India authored a great escape script by defeating Karnataka 3-2 after trailing 0-2 with 20 minutes left of an ill-tempered semi-final match with Vinaya Vokkaliga  netting the winner just as the final hooter went.

Punjab, playing with positive intention and discipline, ousted defending champions Haryana 4-1, a result that was anything but a surprise.

With Air India, it was a case of a team winning despite playing badly but scoring more goals than their opponents, though Karnataka literally played into their hands by  giving in to provocations rather than maintaining calm.

Punjab put in a pleasing performance to outclass Haryana specialist Gujrinder Singh scoring twice and Satbir Singh  and skipper Sarvanjit Singh netted.
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