Lucknow: Susheel Gupta slammed a hat-trick to help Bengal thrash Mizoram 5-0 in a league match and register their second consecutive win in Pool C on the fifth day of the fourth Hockey India Senior Men National Championship at Major Dhyan Chand Stadium, here on Monday.
Apart from from Susheel, Asheesh Sengar and Sunil Shah scored a goal each to complete Bengal`s tally.
In another Pool C league match, Kunal Jagdale struck three goals as Maharashtra beat Vidarbha Hockey Association 6-1 to record their third win out of four matches, while the other ended in a 4-4 draw against Chattoshgarh.
Earlier in the day, Chhattisgarh defeated Delhi 2-0 in a Pool D league game.
Chhattisgarh took an early lead in the ninth minute through a field goal by Upendra Pillay before Shaheed Shaikh doubled the scorline in the 62nd minute.
Pool C: Bengal Hockey Association 5 Susheel Gupta (38th, 46th, 53rd minutes) Asheesh Sengar (18th) and Sunil Shah (30th) vs Mizoram 0.
Maharashtra 6 Kunal Jagdale (23rd, 34th, 56th), Manpreet Singh (37th, 44th) and Vinod Nimbore (70th) vs Vidarbha Hockey Association 1 Mohd Ajaz Qureshi (52nd).
Pool D: Chhattisgarh 2 Upendra Pillay (9th) and Shaheed Shaikh (62nd) vs Delhi 0.
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