HIL – An exciting draw eliminates Kalinga Lancers for Semi-finals
Delhi Wave riders drew with Kalinga Lancers 2-2 in Hockey India League match at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhuvneshwar today just 2 minutes before the closure of the match. It was an excellent performance by both teams as they were playing some fast paced hockey especially in last quarter. The match was watched by full capacity crowd.
In the first quarter of the match, Kalinga Lancers began off to good start. They got the lead when Vikram Kanth gave the pass to Lucas Villa who cleared the ball from two defenders and hit a reverse flick shot to the left of goal to give the host 1-0 lead. Delhi Wave Riders’ efforts in first quarter did not succeed. At the end of first quarter it was 1-0 in favor of Kalinga Lancers.
The second quarter, also began positively for Kalinga Lancers when Vikas Sharma scored an field goal to give the hosts a 2-0. Delhi Wave riders earned a penalty corner in the 8th minute and converted the penalty corner into a goal to reduce the gap to 2-1. At the end of 2nd quarter, it was 2-1 in favor of Kalinga Lancers.
The third goal-less quarter saw a lot of chances getting missed by both teams. The first aggressive move came from Kalinga Lancer when they missed a chance in the 5th minute. In the 6th minute Akashdeep missed a chance, as a reverse flick shot from the “D” missed goal post. In 8th minute Delhi Wave rider captain missed a reverse flick shot which went wide off the goal post.
In the 9th minute Kalinga Lancer was given a penalty corner, after much debate Delhi Wave riders did not ask for a review. The shot was kicked by goal keeper and hit again from rebound that went wide again. In the 10th minute Kalinga Lancers hit a shot that was saved by Nicolas Jacobi the Delhi goal keeper. In 12th minute Delhi goalkeeper saved another goal. In the 15th minute, Delhi a defender saved the goal. Goal tally remained 2-1 in favor of Kalinga Lancers.
In the fourth quarter, Delhi Wave riders earned a penalty corner in the first minute but Kalinga Lancer goalkeeper saved by brilliant left hand push of the ball over the goal post. In the 2nd minute Kalinga Lancer goalkeeper made another excellent save.
In the 3rd minute, Delhi Wave Riders goalkeeper made an excellent save by anticipating and coming forward and kicking the ball out. In 4th minute, Kalinga Lancer earned a penalty corner but Delhi asked for the review the same and decision stood. However Kalinga could not convert it into a goal.
In the 5th minute, Delhi goalkeeper made another excellent save. In 6.00 minute Kalinga Lancer missed a chance and soon after in the 7th minute Kalinga Lancer goalkeeper made another excellent saves. In 7.45 minute Delhi Wave rider earned a penalty corner, the ball was hit from rebound that went out to the left of goal post.
In the 10th minute, Delhi earned another penalty corner but did not convert the chance. In the 13rd minute, Akashdeep gave hit a reverse flick shot and gave a pass to Talavinder who converted into goal to level the score at 2-2.
This draw nullified the chances of Kalinga Lancers qualifying for semi-finals.
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