Ranchi, Feb 25, Sandipan Sharma: Delhi’s home team Delhi Waveriders vanquished Punjab Warriors in the punishment shoot-out to rise as the champions in the second release of Hockey India League in Ranchi.
Delhi Waveriders beat Punjab Warriors to lift title
It came as a befitting effect for a year ago runners-up Waveriders, who made their second successive last of HIL. The Waveriders beat Warriors 3-1 in the shoot-out after the regulation 70 minutes finished in a 3-3 tie.
Majority of the credit might as well head off to the Waveriders goalie Nicolas Jacobi, who had a splendid day under the bar and made various recoveries to guide the Delhi side to the title.
Apart from making very much a couple of recoveries in the regulation time, Jacobi remained like a rock in the shoot-out to deny Warriors’ initial three endeavors before Robert Hammond scored from the one-on-one circumstance. But it was insufficient as the Waveriders scored three out of their four chances in the shoot-out to flee with the sparkling trophy and Rs 2.5 crore prize tote.
The Warriors took home Rs 1.25 crore, while the most recent year’s champions Ranchi Rhinos pocketed Rs 75 lakh for completing third. Earlier in the day, the Rhinos crushed Uttar Pradesh Wizards too on punishment shoot-out to claim the third place. The Rhinos crushed UP Wizards 3-2 in the shoot-out after both the groups were bolted at 1-1 at regulation time.
Later in the day, the Warriors began on a positive note in the summit crash and took the lead as unanticipated as in the opening moment of the match through Mark Knowles’ who scored from a field exertion.
The Waveriders finished not kick back and pressed hard for the equaliser and all the while secured a punishment corner in the eighth moment however Rupinderpal Singh’s attempt was diverted wide by Lucas Rey. The Waveriders kept up the weight on the Warriors’ stronghold and their deliberations bore apples and oranges as they scored two objectives in a compass of two minutes to go into the breather with a 2-1 lead.
Lloyd Norris Jones first attracted equality the 33rd moment with a wild forehand strike in the wake of getting a pass from Akashdeep Singh before captain Sardar Singh (35th) scored from a punishment corner in the wake of locking on to a bounce back.