Kerala chaser dives to secure a point against Chhattisgarh in the ongoing 53rd Senior National Kho Kho Championships at Bemetara.
Bemetara (Chhattisgarh), December 29, 2019
Maharashtra and Kerala entered the semi-finals of the 53rd Senior National Kho Kho Championships at Allons Public School Ground here on Sunday.
While defending champions Maharashtra lived up to its reputation and registered a convincing 15-8 victory over West Bengal, Kerala caused a major upset by beating one of the strongest teams of the competition, Karnataka 17-11.
Maharashtra’s Pratik Waikar impressed in defence with a total of three minutes 40 seconds. However, Arun SA played a key role in Kerala’s victory with an all-round show. He defended for three minutes and 40 seconds and also scored four points.
Maharashtra and Kerala will now take on Kolhapur and Railways, respectively, in the semi-finals on Monday. The final of both women’s and men’s category will also be played on Monday. Kolhapur notched up a comfortable 22-10 win over Andhra Pradesh while Railways beat Vidarbha 13-9 in their respective quarter-finals.
In the women’s event, Maharashtra and Odisha sealed their places in the semi-finals. While Maharashtra beat Haryana 14-8, Odisha outclassed Kerala 11-9. Maharashtra and Odisha will face Kolhapur and Airports Authority of India, respectively, in the semi-finals.
Priyanka Bhoj played a vital role, defending for five minutes and 40 second and scoring one point, in Airports Authority of India’s win.
Earlier, Kolhapur had to fight hard against Delhi during their closely-fought 11-10 win. Shrushti Shinde and Karishma Rikibdar came up with impressive performances for Kolhapur women’s team. Shinde defended for three minutes and scored two points while Rikibdar defended for a total of six minutes 10 seconds.
Results: Men: Railways bt Vidarbha 13-9, Maharashtra bt West Bengal 15-8, Kerala bt Karnataka 17-11, Kolhapur bt Andhra Pradesh 22-10;
Women: Airports Authority of India bt Karnataka 9-7, Odisha bt Kerala 11-9, Kolhapur bt Delhi 11-10, Maharashtra bt Haryana 14-8
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