Ramandeep gave Services an early lead before Navpreet Singh and Naveen Minz struck in a space of three minutes to put them in the driver’s seat. Navpreet literally took the game away from Kerala with two goals in the early stages of the second half and in the process completed a fine hat-trick.
Naveen Minz netted the fifth goal while Anup Minz hammered the final nail in the Kerala coffin with the team’s seventh goal in the 62nd minute. In the same group Bihar clobbered Assam 13-4.
In Pool B matches Bengal Hockey Association walloped Gujarat 13-3, while Andhra Pradesh edged out Vidarbha Hockey 4-3. Steel Plant Sports Board humbled Puducherry 4-0 in Pool A.