HIL 2017: Gurjinder Singh helps Kalinga Lancers to beat Delhi Waveriders
Bhubaneswar : It was star glittering evening in Bhubaneswar, when two big teams in Hockey India League clash it out. It was exciting match between home team Kalinga Lancers and visitors Delhi Waveriders. It was Lancers Gurjinder Singh who stole the show with his goal to help his team to win its first match.
Playing in front of their home crowd, Kalinga Lancers got off to a dominating start. But Delhi Waveriders, led by dragflick specialist Rupinder Pal Singh, gained in confidence as the match progressed but failed to convert some easy chances that cost them the match.
It was an entertaining first quarter that saw great display of man-to-man marking by both team captains Moritz Fuerste and Rupinder Pal Singh who left little room for their opponents to penetrate their respective circles.
Despite several circle penetrations in the second quarter, it took until 22 minutes of the match for Delhi Waveriders to earn their first penalty corner thanks to a quick-thinking Harjeet Singh. The opportunity went amiss though, Rupinder Pal Singh improvising from the injection but his attempt was blocked away by the Kalinga Lancers’s defender Matthew Dawson.
Kalinga Lancers' Gurjinder Singh was awarded with a prize money of Rs 50,000 for scoring the Coal India Goal of the Match.