Lucknow: Susheel Gupta struck a hat-trick as Bengal blanked Mizoram 5-0 in Pool C of the fourth Hockey India (HI) National Championship at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium here Monday.
In the second consecutive win for Bengal, Asheesh Sengar and Sunil Shah scored a goal each to complete the tally. Bengal goalkeeper Bappa Saha denied any scoring opportunity to the opponents.
In the Maharashtra vs Vidarbha Pool C match, Kunal Jagdale struck three goals for Maharashtra to register a 6-1 win. Manpreet Singh scored two goals and Vinod Nimbore contributed a goal in Maharashtra's win while Mohd. Ajaz Qureshi scored the lone goal for Vidarbha. This is the third win for Maharashtra in four games.
In Pool D, Chhattisgarh defeated Delhi 2-0. Chhattisgarh took an early lead in the ninth minute with a field goal by Upendra Pillay. In the 62nd minute, Shaheed Shaikh scored to increase the lead to 2-0.
Pool C: Bengal 5 beat Mizoram 0; Maharashtra 6 beat Vidarbha 1
Pool D: Chhattisgarh 2 beat Delhi 0.