Punjab will take on Uttar Pradesh in the final of the Alchemist IHF Federation Cup hockey tournament at the Shivaji Stadium here on Sunday.
While UP rode on vice-captain Diwakar Ram's (22nd, 39th, 42nd minutes) hat-trick to beat Karnataka 5-2 in the first semi-final, Punjab spanked Tamil Nadu 5-1 in the second last four match.
Apart from Ram, Sarabjit Singh (58th) and Sunny Sonkar (61st) scored a goal each for UP. For Karnataka, Kushal J P (11th minute) and Umesh K R (65th) were the goal-getters.
In the other semifinal, it was Tamil Nadu who went ahead in the fourth minute with a goal from Adam Sinclair.
But thereafter it was all Punjab as the scored goals at will to thrash Tamil Nadu's hopes.
Parvinder Singh (9th, 70th minutes) and Sendhil Kumar (43rd, 58th) scored two goals apiece while Rajin Kandulna (60th) found the net once for Punjab.