Chhattisgarh played with more purpose in the second half and reduced the margin in the 54th minute through Shakeel Ahmed off a penalty corner. Mohd. Erfan Khan brought his side on level terms with a 62nd minute strike before Upendra Pillay churned out the match-clincher in the dying moments of the game to snatch a win from what seemed like a lost cause for them at half-time.
The win helped Chhattisgarh to move to the top of Pool D with 11 points from 5 games, who are closely followed by Maharastra with 10 points from four games. Meanwhile, Hockey Gangpur – Odisha racked up its fifth straight win thumping Mizoram 6-0 and consolidated its position on top of Pool C with 15 points. They are far ahead of second-placed Bengal who have 9 points from 4 games.
In another tie, Puducherry routed Tripura 11-1 to advance to the third spot in Pool C.