Heavyweight teams of Indian Railways and CISF reached the semifinals of the Deendayal Trophy Season 3. They won their respective group matches to seal a place in the final four. The other two teams which reached the semis are Kerala SAI and Sonipat Panthers. The Deendayal Trophy is taking place at the Peerangi Maithanam in Kollam. The semifinal fixtures will be played on the 28th of December, while the finals are scheduled to take place on the 29th.
The Railways team had players like Dharmaraj Cheralathan, Parvesh Bhainswal, Shrikant Jadhav and Vikash Khandola as they managed to create a full dominance over their opponents. They won the first match 36-14 against Haryana Tigers to announce their arrival in the tournament. They faced tough competition against Kerala SAI as the later team kept them on their toes throughout the match.
While the Railways men's team has come with their A team featuring A star-studded lineup the Kerala SAI has only one PKL player, Vimal Raj. Yet they gave the Railways team a run for their money. With just 5 minutes left in the game, the Kerala team was trailing by just 2 points, and Railways had exhausted their timeouts also. With a super tackle situation, it looked like the Kerala team had trapped Rohit Gulia well and truly, till the young boy (who shouldered the lead raider role for Gujarat Fortune Giants) just got a finger nail across the mid line. Railways won the match 28-18.
CISF started their campaign with a 39-23 win against Sooryakanthi. They too had a second tough match when they played against Sonipat Panthers. The Panthers gave CISF a run for their money as the latters managed to win the match by a margin of just two points, taking the match 29-27.
In the semifinals, CISF will be up against Kerala SAI while Indian Railways will play Sonipat Panthers.
The women's category will see Indian Railways taking on CISF in the first match on 28th of December. The second match will be played between Kerala Queens and Sooryakanthi, followed by third match between Indian Railways and Delhi Janices.
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