- Bhopal Badshahs beat Mumbai Marines 2-1
- Affan Yousuf and Mudassar Ali score for the winning team
- Sandeep Michael scores the lone goal for Marines
Bhopal Badshahs beat Mumbai Marines 2-1 to keep their hopes alive for the semifinals in the inaugural Bridgestone World Series Hockey here on Sunday. The win catapulted the Badshahs to fourth place in the leauge ahead of strong contenders Chennai Cheetahs and Pune Strykers.
The tournament is still open and only one team can feel secured about their place in the semifinals – Sher-E-Punjab. The Jalandhar-based team are comfortably perched at the top with 25 points from 12 matches, Chandigarh Comets are next after them with 19 points while Karnataka Lions have 18 points and now the Badshahs have secured 17 points. The calculators are out for virtually every match now onwards and it’s against such pressure that the Badshahs-Marines match was played. Continue reading →
- Bhopal Badshahs script a brilliant 4-4 draw against Chandigarh Comets
- Shailendra Singh Bundela scores two goals to fashion the miraculous fightback, also wins the man-of-the-match award; Affan Yousaf and Sameer Dad score one apiece for the Badshahs
The goals have been coming thick and fast in the inaugural Bridgestone World Series Hockey but the real heroes of the tournament are the fighters who have come back from behind.
In an incredible fight back, probably the show-stopper match of the tournament till now, Bhopal Badshahs scripted an unbelievable draw after trailing 4-0 at halftime against Chandigarh Comets here. Their gutsy goalkeeper Baljit Singh brought a brilliant save against Pakistani star Rehan Butt, who had an empty goal post in front and was about to make it 5-0. Shailendra Singh Bundela led the fight back for the hosts with two goals, with the final one coming off an unexpected deflection at the last minute which took the Comets goalkeeper completely by surprise.
Everything went right for Comets in the first half. All the three penalty corners were converted before colt Amir Khan added one through field effort. With a mountain to climb in the second session, Badshahs struck twice a goal apiece from Affan Yousaf and Sameer Dad before Shailendra Singh Bundela cleverly made use of two penalty corners to see his side not only escape from defeat but also salvage a point from what appeared a hapless situation. Continue reading →
- Chennai Cheetahs thrash Bhopal Badshahs 4-1; in 3rd place with 16 points
- Cheetahs fire three goals in the last 17 minutes
- Drag-flicker Imran Warsi (7th min), Vikram Pillay (53th & 67th miins), Adam Sinclair (62nd min) score for Cheetahs
- Pakistani star Waseem Ahmed scores lone goal for Badhshahs (3rd min)
First impressions do not gurantee success in the inagural Bridgestone World Series Hockey. Bhopal Badshahs, looking to earn full points against Chennai Cheetahs in a crucial away match, began well with Pakistani star Waseem Ahmed providing the crucial breakthrough in the third minute itself, but lost their way completely as the match progressed. As a result, the Cheetahs trounced the Badshahs with a 4-1 win, though the victory margin could have been bigger here at the Mayor Radhakrishnan Hockey Stadium on Tuesday.
The Cheetahs are now in third position in the points table and have inched ahead of Sher-E-Punjab as the team which has scored the maximum goals in the tournament – 32 goals from 10 matches. On the other hand, the Jalandhar-based Shers have played one match less till now and scored 31 goals but are ahead of them by threw points and sitting at the top of the table. Continue reading →
- Sher-E-Punjab beat Bhopal Badshahs 4-3
- Inderjeet Singh, Mandeep Antil, Gagan Ajit Singh & Matthew Hotchkis score one each for the hosts
- Casey Henwood, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Shailendra Singh Bundela score for Badshahs
It seems nothing can stop the gigantic Sher-e-Punjab in their majestic stride in the Bridgestone World Series Hockey. Though, today against Bhopal Badshahs, an easy win could have turned sour for Sher-E-Punjab as they allowed the visitors to score two quick goals in two minutes in the dying session. In the end, the clock ticked away in favour of the host as they eventually notched their sixth win in the league with a 4-3 margin, but the air was thick with tension at the Olympian Surjeet Singh Hockey Stadium here on Saturday.
The Shers are perched at the top with 19 points from nine matches and the Badshahs are behind them with 13 points in second spot, but this tournament is still wide open for the other contenders. This was Shers’ second back-to-back win in high-scoring matches – they have struck nine goals in their previous two matches and conceded five against, but they would stay warned against complacency. Continue reading →
- Delhi Wizards upset favourites Bhopal Badshahs 3-1
- 150th-goal milestone comes up in the 30th Match of the Bridgestone WSH
Watching Bhopal Badshahs’ solid goalkeeper Baljit Singh, who has conceded the least number of goals in the tournament, practice his drills before the match convinced one that the Badshahs would continue their fine run against Delhi Wizards, who were struggling before this match. However, the beauty of the Bridgestone World Series Hockey is such that no team can afford to relax as the tournament continues to witness a see-saw battle amongst both the frontrunners and the bottom-rung teams alike. To end the suspense, Delhi Wizards won the match comfortably 3-1 here at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium on Thursday.
Gasping for survival in the tournament, Delhi Wizards showed urgency in both attack and defence till they finally sealed the match. The last eight minutes of the match saw the hosts play tentatively as they conceded four penalty-corners one after another with one player less on the field. However, their indefatigable defence managed to hold on to their nerves and even launched a counterattack to puncture the Bhopal citadel for the third time in the match. Continue reading →
This was one of the most convincing display from the Badshahs in the entire tournament. Skipper Sameer Dad led from the front, goalkeeper Baljit Singh celebrated his birthday with a solid performance against the best drag-flicker in the tournament, Pakistani star Imran Warsi, their defence was tight, the midfield moved in tandem and the forwadline showed a never-day-die attitude though in the end, their supporters felt that the scoreline deserved to be 6-1 instead of 3-1 against the Chennai Cheetahs here.
Bhopal Badshahs are already looking like a champion side though there are still 30 more matches to go before the inaugural Bridgestone World Series Hockey enters the semifinal stage. The Badshahs had 48 per cent possession in the match as compared to 52 per cent that the Cheetahs had, took the second half of the match in their grip, and remained in the driving seat till the end. No chance of a rear guard action or a humdinger in sight for the Cheetahs as the Badshahs held complete sway in front of their home crowd. Continue reading →