DELHI WAVERIDERS is all set to ride the wave yet again by becoming the first ever team to secure a position in the semi-finals of the newly inaugurated Hockey India League. After a convincing win over the Punjab Warriors, the DELHI WAVERIDERS drew with Ranchi Rhinos with a score of 2-2, for which they got two points Hence, topping the charts with 34 points from eight matches, five clear of Ranchi who have played the same number of games.
Although, DELHI WAVERIDERS could not succeed in hitting a goal in the first quarter. But, nonetheless, the second half saw a resurgent Delhi team control proceedings with the in-form midfield duo of Sardara Singh and Tim Jenniskens finally making their presence felt. Delhi immediately equalised when a well-orchestrated move ended with goal-keeper Sushant Tirkey parrying the ball inside his own goal to make it 1-1. Goalkeeper of DELHI WAVERIDERS Nicholas Jacobi became the man of the match by making a string of fine saves to keep the DELHI WAVERIDERS in the game.
The third quarter had free flowing hockey all around when finally the DELHI WAVERIDERS managed to hit the goal. The last 17 minutes of the last quarter were nerve wrecking and the Rhinos managed to equalize the score with a 2-2.
The draw meant DELHI WAVERIDERS have now confirmed their place in the semi-finals and in the process, have become the first team to do so. DELHI WAVERIDERS coach AK Bansal said he was happy with the result. “The draw is good since it would stop the team from getting complacent. It will help the players pull up their socks.”
Captain Sardar Singh said, “We have been checked at the right time and this has come at a good stage to us. I guess the team was a little over confident that we have already made to the semis and this showed in our game and body language too”.
Come and cheer for the DELHI WAVERIDERS who will battle against the Rhinos yet again on 1st February 08:00 pm at Ranchi.