KARACHI WAPDA defeated NBP by 4-0 in a crucial match of the sixth round of the NBP 57th National Hockey Championship here on Sunday at the HCP. Star striker of national hockey team Rehan Butt, who so far has poor record in the championship, got two of the four goals, while Naseer Naveed and Asif Michel got one each for the winners. This victory has brought WAPDA back in the title race. Both NBP and Wapda have fifteen points from six matches. Much would depend how these two teams play their remaining three matches. Both of these teams will have to play one match each against defending champion PIA. NBP, which remained unbeaten in the previous five matches, succumbed to his own follies. They got more chances than their opponents to score a goal but they did not work like a team and paid the price. They were so poor in converting their chances into goal that they even missed a penalty stroke in the 57th minute. Earlier in the match, PC specialist Ateeq could not score from five PCs and even during field attack the NBP missed many chances. Earlier in the day, another surprising result came when HBL defeated Pakistan Army by 2-0 with young Ali Azlan Khan scoring both the goals through field effort. In the third match of the day, Sui Southern Gas defeated Pakistan Navy by 3-2. Ishtiaq Mubeen netted twice and Abbas Haider once for the HBL. Falak Zaman and Muhammad Sabir scored one goal each for the sailors. After WAPDA shocked NBP, the title race has become a two-team affair. However if these two teams falter in the next three matches and PIA improves its performance, it would become a three-team race. NBP, which unluckily lost the title to PIA on goal difference last time, could still have a chance to clinch the coveted title if they win the remaining three games. NBP has far better goal average than its nearest rivals WAPDA and PIA. If at the end of the league round these three teams end with equal points, NBP would have added advantage due to goal account. With weather getting hotter and temperatures rising and making playing condition more challenging, the team with better fitness could ensure winning results in the next three rounds. Matches for Monday: PIA Vs Pakistan Air Force. HBL Vs SSGC. KESC Vs Port Qasim.