In Saturday's semi-finals at the Mahindra Hockey Stadium in Mumbai, Punjab were fortunate to get past a formidable Odisha unit on the strength of a 6-5 tie-breaker decision after the teams were locked 2-2 at full time.
Odisha can consider themselves unfortunate to not have got the better of Punjab on the day as for long spells, they held sway over the game.
The losing side dominated all aspects of the game but was unable to get past the Punjab defence when it was most needed. Moreover, their target man Bikash Kujur missed what could have been the decider by inches.
In the tie-break, Odisha came up short, much to their dismay even as the Punjab boys celebrated.
Haryana and Punjab are slated to play their final match of the hockey event on January 14.
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