Last year’s runners-up DELHI WAVERIDERS emerged as the champions in the second edition of Hero India League beating Jaypee Punjab Warriors in the penalty shoot-out at the Astroturf Hockey Stadium here on Sunday.
DELHI WAVERIDERS rode on goalkeeper Nicolas Jacobi’s brilliant show resulting in a hard-fought 3-1 win over Jaypee Punjab Warriors in the shoot-out after the two teams ended the regulation time locked at 3-3.
In the shoot-out, Jaypee Punjab Warriors failed to get past an agile Jacobi in the first three attempts before Robert Hammond found the back of the net. But it came too late as DELHI WAVERIDERS scored three out of their four shots to emerge as the champions.
Earlier, Jaypee Punjab Warriors made a dream start to the encounter and broke the deadlock in the second minute of the match through Mark Knowles’ field goal.
Trailing by a goal, DELHI WAVERIDERS went on power play and earned a penalty corner soon, only to waste the opportunity.
DELHI WAVERIDERS went into half time leading 2-1 by scoring two goals in a span of three minutes.
First Llyod Norris Jones’ leveled the scores with a field goal in the 33rd minute after he was fed by Akashdeep Singh before skipper Sardar Singh (35th minute) registered his name in the score sheet after a long hiatus through a rebound from a penalty corner.
But Jaypee Punjab Warriors struck twice in the third quarter through two field goals from Shivendra Singh (45th minute) and young Affan Yousuf (48th minute) to restore their lead.
It, however, did not take too long for DELHI WAVERIDERS to level the scores. Yuvraj Walmiki (52nd minute) made the score line 3-3 by slotting home after receiving a diagonal pass from Andres Mir Bel.
Jaypee Punjab Warriors were in complete control of the fourth and final quarter but they failed to convert their chances into goal.
DELHI WAVERIDERS, on the other hand, relied on counter-attacks but they too failed to trouble the scorers as the match went into shoot-out.
The win made DELHI WAVERIDERS richer by Rs. 2.5 crore, while the Warriors will pocket Rs.1.25 crore for finishing in the second p