Rupinder Pal Singh (57’) and Simon Child (59’) scored the crucial goals in the dying minutes of the match. They won the match for Delhi Waveriders with a 6-4 win at the Coal India Hockey India League.
A win for Kalinga Lancers would have confirmed a spot for them in the semi-finals on 25 February 2017. Yet, Delhi Waverider’s inspired performance for their second win in the league keeps them vying for the semi-finals.
Mandeep Singh and Santa Singh kept the pressure on Kalinga Lancers keeper Abhinav Kumar Pandey early in the game. By finding gaps in the circle, creating chances at scoring in the initial minutes of the game. They scored the second goal as Talwinder Singh played 1 to 1 with Simon Child before he struck at the post. The 9th-minute goal put them in a bold 2-0 lead.
Mandeep Singh continued to enthrall the home crowd with his exceptional stick work. When he won his team their first PC in the 21st minute. Abhinav Kumar Pandey denied the Delhi Waveriders a further lead when Rupinder shot the pole. Rupinder is successful at converting one goal from the 10 PCs he has attempted this season.
In the 24th minute, Mandeep earned yet another PC for the home side but Justin Reid-Ross’s attempt denied. Kalinga Lancers won their first PC with two minutes to go for the first-half, they failed to convert it.
Moritz Fuerste played a crucial role in earning his team a PC in the 38th minute. He made a perfect assist to Adam Dixon who found Rupinder Pal Singh’s foot in the circle. But a miss-trap denied them a goal. Yet, they came back in the 40th minute. The field goal helped the visitors narrow the deficit to 2-3.
The final quarter saw nail-biting action. Delhi Waveriders did well with their defense to keep the lead. The dangerous Moritz Fuerste was unstoppable in the 54th minute. A brilliant assist by Amit Rohidas saw him beat Vincent Vanasch to earn a crucial 4-3 lead.
But skipper Rupinder Pal Singh spoiled the Kalinga Lancers party when he converted a PC in the 57th minute to equalize the score to 4-4. The action didn’t end there when Simon Child was successful in converting a field goal after he was set up by Mandeep Singh to hand the home team a 6-4 victory.
Hero Young Achiever of the Match: Mandeep Singh
The Airtel Most Entertaining Player of the Match: Benjamin Stanzl
Man of the Match Rupinder Pal Singh
On 13 February, Jaypee Punjab Warriors will take on Uttar Pradesh Wizards in Chandigarh at 1900hrs.