Defending champions Indian Oil [ Get Quote ] brightened their semi-final hopes with a 5-3 win over Hockey Bhopal in the quarter-final league of the 117th All-India Beighton Cup Hockey Tournament at the SAI artificial turf in Kolkata [ Images ] on Tuesday.
Hockey Bhopal drew first blood though Mohammad Taj in the 16th minute, but last year's winners rode on a double strike by Gurjinder Singh (34th, 40th minute) to take a 2-1 lead.
Roshan Minz (52nd, 68th minute) and Gunashekhar (57th) completed the tally for Indian Oil, even as Hockey Bhopal showed some fight through Osafur Rahman (53rd) and Amir-ur-Rahman's efforts.
In another match, Army XI scored through Bhushan Kujur (20th), Muthanna P R (28th), Poovana B P (62nd) and Ignace Tirkey (69th) to thrash Indian Overseas Bank [ Get Quote ] 4-1.
Indian Overseas Bank got their goal in the 65th minute through Adam Sinclair.