Punjab and Haryana overpowered their rivals to chalk out their second successive victories in the Girls hockey competition of the Khelo India School Games at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium on Friday.
Punjab trounced Odisha 7-2 in pool B, while Haryana brushed aside Uttar Pradesh's challenge 3-0 in Pool A. In other matches of the day Jharkhand outplayed Chhattisgarh 12-0 and Chandigarh beat Delhi 4-1.
Haryana, who had beaten Jharkhand 4-2 in the opener, played to a plan and outlasted Uttar Pradesh. After a barren first half, Haryana took the lead in the 45th minute through Anu. Jyoti made it 2-0 in the 60th minute and five minutes later Sharmila completed the tally. Punjab faced little resistance from Odisha and were 3-0 up in the first session.
They pumped in four more in the second session while conceding two. Simranjeet scored three goals while Baljeet contribute two, Amandeep and Mitali chipped in with a goal each. Aten Topno scored both the goals for the losers. Punjab had beaten Chandigarh 3-1 in their opening fixture. In the second match of Pool A, Jharkhand recorded their first win as they humbled Chhattisgarh.