The DELHI WAVERIDERS on Saturday entered their second straight final of the Hockey India League (HIL) where they will be facing Jaypee Punjab Warriors in Sundayâ€™s final here at the Astroturf Hockey Stadium.
The DELHI WAVERIDERS rode on Yuvraj Walmikiâ€™s strike in the first quarter to beat Uttar Pradesh Wizards by a solitary goal.
It could have been a repeat of last yearâ€™s final in Mondayâ€™s title clash but Sandeep Singh scored a brace to help Jaypee Punjab Warriors stun defending champions Ranchi Rhinos 3-2 in the second semi-final.
The opening semifinal between the DELHI WAVERIDERS and Wizards witnessed a closed-fought battle as both the teams matched each other equally.
The DELHI WAVERIDERS had the first scoring chance of the match in the 12th minute when they earned a penalty corner but Rupinderpal Singhâ€™s flick struck the wood work and went wide.
But soon DELHI WAVERIDERS surged ahead through Yuvraj Walimi, who pushed home a pass from Lloyd Norris Jones.
In the second quarter, the Wizards earned a penalty corner but captain V R Raghunathâ€™s try was deflected wide by Rupinderpal Singh.
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 tomorrows final.