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IOC to meet Air India in hockey final

Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) Ltd. did Air India a favour by defeating Army XI 2-1 in the concluding league fixture of Hockey Karnataka’s inaugural Bengaluru Cup All-India Hockey Tournament here Thursday.

While unbeaten IOC finished the league with four wins, Air India joined them in Friday’s final with a tally of six while Army XI, who needed a win Thursday to advance to the title round, remained on four. Despite missing their India stars, IOC still had enough ammunition to overpower Army XI with strikes by Jaswinder Singh and Thimmanna in the first half before they conceded a goal when Binay Bhengra sounded the boards from a goal-mouth scramble.

Trailing 1-2 at the break, Army XI did everything but score on resumption with their forwards repeatedly missing the target, not to mention the eight penalty corners they failed to convert. Earlier, MP Academy topped the women’s league by defeating Haryana 2-0 in a match that was essentially a rehearsal of Friday’s final between the two teams that had already qualified.

Academy finished with 13 points and Haryana second with 12.
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