Delhi Waveriders beat UP Wizards 1-0 to enter HHIL 2014 final
Ranchi, February 22, 2014: Last year’s runners-up Delhi Waveriders rode on Yuvraj Walmiki’s strike in the first quarter to beat Uttar Pradesh Wizards by a solitary goal and progress to the final of the Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) at the Astroturf Hockey Stadium in Ranchi today.Walmiki scored the lone goal of the match in the 15th minute to hand Delhi Waveriders a win in the first semifinal of HHIl 2014.
The opening semifinal between the Waveriders and Wizards witnessed a closed-fought battle as both the teams matched each other equally.
In the second quarter, the Wizards earned a penalty corner but captain V R Raghunath try was deflected wide by an onrushing Rupinder.
Trailing by a goal, the Wizards came out attacking in the second half and managed to earn two penalty corners in the third quarter but on both the occasions Raghunath was off the mark.
UP Wizards continued to press hard in the final quarter in search of the equalizer and created a number of chances only to waste them.
Delhi Waveriders will play the winners of the second semifinal between Jaypee Punjab Warriors and defending champions Ranchi Rhinos in tomorrow’s final.
Speaking post the match Roelant Oltmans, Head Coach Uttar Pradesh Wizards said “it’s disappointing that we lost the semi-final match today. It was a tough match today with Delhi Waveriders being equally strong. But what matters in the end is the score line. Today’s loss is because of the small errors that we committed but I think it is part of the game. It is difficult to keep the team motivated but we will aim to win tomorrow’s match”
YES Bank Garv Award winner – Yuvraj Walmiki
Man of the Match – Rupinder Pal Singh
Hero Goal of the Match Award – Yuvraj Walmiki