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Dabang Mumbai vs Kalinga Lancers, Hockey India League 2017 Final Live Score and Commentary

Dabang Mumbai take on Kalinga Lancers in the final of 2017 Hockey India League
Updated: 26 February 2017 20:52 IST - Published: 26 February 2017 14:42 IST
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Kalinga Lancers are 2017 Hockey India League champions and they deserve this title fully. 
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FULL TIME Dabang Mumbai 1-4 Kalinga Lancers
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60' Dabang Mumbai try to attack but end up losing the ball and that looks to be it for them 
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59' The captain has always risen when his team needed him and has he sealed the Hockey India League 2017 title for Lancers. A minute to go
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Dabang Mumbai 1-4 Kalinga Lancers 
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59' Can Lancers seal the game here? Fuerste is lurking and he scoressssssssssssssss GOOOOOOOOOOOOALLLLLLLLL
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59' Lancers manage to defend the PC but concede another. NOO! This time Mumbai miscontrol and lose the ball. Lancers now win a PC
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58' Dabang Mumbai are not giving up and they earn a penalty corner. They go for a field goal but are not able to get a shot away albeit winning a PC.
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57' NOOOOOO! Dabang Mumbai are denied the goal here. 
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57' GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Dabang Mumbai score. Kalinga Lancers are referring the call and there is a lot of drama here
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56' Penalty Corner to Dabang Mumbai but Kalinga Lancers are referring the call
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56' Penalty Corner to Dabang Mumbai but Kalinga Lancers are referring the call. Lancers 
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54' Dabang Mumbai are looking to find a goal but the possession is with Kalinga Lancers. 
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53' Seven minutes remain in the final quarter and proceedings are a bit cagey here. 
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49' Kalinga Lancers are firmly in command here, in terms of the scoreline. However, if Mumbai score a field goal, which they are quite capable of, they will be back in business. 
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Quarter 4 underway
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Quarter 3 comes to an end Dabang Mumbai 1-3 Kalinga Lancers
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44' Lalit Upadhyay makes a superb run forward but it is defended well by Dabang Mumbai. 
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42' Kalinga Lancers using a lot of long passes to create chances and Dabang Mumbai are pressing hard. 
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37' Dabang Mumbai are keeping possession and they are trying to attack with all their might. CHARTER saves again
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35' Dabang Mumbai are right back in this contest and they are looking really positive at the moment. 
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33' GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOALLLLLLLLLLLL Dabang Mumbai show their class, try a variation. 
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31' Dabang Mumbai are attacking from left to right and they attack, They have a Penalty Corner 
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Can Dabang Mumbai bounce back? Let's find out 
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Dabang Mumbai have been blown away by that performance from Kalinga Lancers and they are 3-0 down after a superlative display from the Men in Orange. 
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HALF TIME Dabang Mumbai 0-3 Kalinga Lancers
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30' How good has been the Lancers captain from penalty corners.  HALF TIME 
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30' The last minute of the half sees Kalinga Lancers attacking and they win a penalty corner. Dharamvir injects, and FUERSTEEEEEEEEEE 3-0 to Kalinga Lancers
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28' Not been Florian Fuchs' evening so far and he will need to be the person who finds the goal for his team. Mumbai attack again on the counter and Affan's run leads into a pass to Manpreet, who takes a poor shot on goal. 
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26' Andrew Charter could well be named as the Great Wall of Kalinga, given how exceptional he has been in the goal for Lancers. Time and again, even tonight, he has made excellent saves, 
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25' Dipsan Tirkey plays a lovely long ball forward in an attempt to find Turner but the Mumbai defence is alert. Lancers are making some really good moves here
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24' For all their defensive frailties in the tournament, Lancers have kept their shape really well today and are defending in Supreme mode. Six minutes remain in the quarter and the men from Bhubaneshwar lead 2-0 
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22' Matthew Dawson needs to be appreciated for the solidity he has shown in the game here. 
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20' We have an excellent game on our hands here and now that Lancers have taken the lead, Mumbai will need to take the game to them. 
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18' Kalinga Lancers have taken the lead and it is the Fuerste-Turner combo that does the trick. Mumbai reply immediately by winning a PC but Harmanpreet's drag flick is saved by Andrew Charter
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18' GOOOOOOOOOOOOALLLLLLL Glenn Turner scores for Kalinga Lancers
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PEEEEPPP
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Quarter 1 - Dabang Mumbai 0-0 Kalinga Lancers
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15' Quarter one comes to an end with Lancers attempting to create a chance
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13' Dabang Mumbai putting a bit of pressure on Lancers with Mor, Bakker and Devinder waiting on the sidelines. We are coming close to the end of this first quarter
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11' As much as Amit Rohidas and Matthew Dawson has been superb in this competition, they cannot afford to make a single mistake against the likes of Nikkin, Affan and Fuchs
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10' The tempo has slowed down a bit in the game in the past few minutes and neither side has been able to create a genuine opening
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7' Dabang Mumbai are now enjoying a bit of possession and attacking. Kalinga Lancers are pressing high up on the pitch and that might cost them
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5' CHANCE!!! Kalinga Lancers caught napping as Dabang Mumbai create a chance out of nowhere through the Kemperman-De Wijn combination
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5' Billy Bakker is going to play a crucial role in today's game and if he sees a lot of the ball, it is going to be a good thing for Kalinga Lancers 
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3' Kalinga Lancers have started the game on the front foot and they are enjoying a lot of possession. But committing a lot of men forward almost catches them on the counter. Fuchs misses the pass. 
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1' Kalinga Lancers get us underway and they are attacking from left to right. They have fielded an attacking line-up and straight away try to move forward with Lalit Upadhyay but his pass cannot find Turner
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PEEEEEPPPPPPPP!!!
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The players are out on the pitch and we are ready to go!
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It would be interesting to see how both teams approach the contest, given how attacking they are and this is the final. When silverware is on the line, the strategies change. 
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Key Players in the Final

Kalinga Lancers:
Moritz Fuerste, Glenn Turner, Lalit Upadhyay, Matthew Dawson, Amit Rohidas
Dabang Mumbai: Florian Fuchs, Nikkin Thimmiah, Affan Yousuf, David Harte
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We are inching closer to the start of the game and the players are out warming up. 
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We are about half an hour away from the start of the final here and Uttar Pradesh Wizards have just beaten Delhi Waveriders 5-4 in the third-place playoff in an exciting contest. 
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HELLO and Welcome to the Live coverage of the 2017 Hockey India League final. After more than a month of stick work, penalty corners, referrals and scoops, we are down to the final two teams of this competition and only one will take home the big prize. Dabang Mumbai take on Kalinga Lancers in the final of the 5th season of 2017 Hockey India League and in a lot of ways, this can be said as a match up between the two best teams in the competition.. 

Dabang Mumbai ended first on the points table in the league and defeated a pretty solid Delhi Waveriders side in the semi-final. Florian Fuchs, Affan Yousuf, Harmanpreet Singh and Robbert Kemperman have been stellar for the Boys in Blue and they will hoping to put in a big performance in the final to round off proceedings. 

Kalinga Lancers have certainly been the most spirited side in the league this season and certainly the most attacking. They have adopted a tactic of being positive and forward-going, something which has been high risk but has paid off.