Kolkata: Kerala scored a thumping victory in their first match of Santosh Trophy final round by beating Chandigarh 5-1.

MS Jithin , who scored two goals and was the architect of another one, put in a splendid performance for Kerala.

Sajith, Sreekuttan and Afdal also scored for Kerala.

Kerala reached Kolkata with 13 new faces this time.

Vishal Sharma scored the consolatory goal for Chandigarh minutes before the end of the match.

Apart from Kerala, and Chandigarh, Group A includes Manipur, Maharashtra and Bengal.