Fresh from his recent exploits in the World Hockey League (WHL) Final, where he helped India win a bronze medal, Dharamvir Singh notched up a fine hat-trick to power his employers Indian Oil to an easy 8-4 win against Mumbai Customs in a Pool-D match of the Dabang Mumbai-50th All India Bombay Gold Cup hockey tournament, at the MHAL-Mahindra Stadium yesterday.
Roshan Minz, captain Deepak Thakur and SK Uthappa chipped in with one each, while Gurjinder with some power-packed drag-flicks converted from two late penalty corners to round off the scoring tally. Customs managed to reduced the margin of defeat with Vikram Singh netted a brace and Harjeet Singh and Navneet Swarnakar scoring one apiece.
The star-studded Indian Oil outfit who were further bolstered by the presence of Dharamvir, VR Raghunath and Kothajit Singh, who were part of the Indian team in Raipur, enjoyed total domination against the Mumbai outfit who were totally a disjointed lot.
Later in a Pool-A match played under lights, Central Railway recovered from 1-2 half-time deficit to overcome Army XI 4-2. Centre forward Affan Yusuf scored two brilliant goals in the 15th and 63rd minutes. Yusuf's teammates Narad Bahadur and Yuvraj Walmiki got the other goals.