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Badshahs sink Marines to keep hopes alives

  • 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 →

Dhol beats resound again for Sher-E-Punjab

  • Chennai Cheetahs go down fighting 2-4 to Sher-E-Punjab
  • Bikramjit Singh (13th min), Harpreet Singh (22nd min), Matthew Hotchkis (43rd min) & Gagan Ajit Singh (68th min) strike one each for the Shers
  • Adam Sinclair (7th min) and Imran Warsi (32nd min) score for the Cheetahs

Sher-E-Punjab star striker Gagan Ajit Singh proved yet again in the Bridgestone World Series Hockey why he is still one of the most dangerous customers in the ‘D’ here at the Mayor Radhakrishnan Hockey Stadium today.

The match was tantalisingly poised against the Brent Livermore-led Cheenai Cheetahs though the Shers enjoyed a slender lead of 3-2 with two agonising minutes left on the clock. The home team appeared to have more steam left and started attacking in waves, but one quick counter-attack from Shers’ star forward Deepak Thakur, who relayed a pass to Gagan, brought a swift end to the local hopes. In the end, the scoreboard suggested a convincing 4-2 win for Sher-E-Punjab but in reality the match went to the wires till the last minute. Continue reading →

Red-alert as Lions on the rampage

  • Karnataka Lions win third match on the trot as they beat Delhi Wizards 3-1
  • Ravi Pal Singh (10th min), Jarnail Singh (17th min) Len Aiyappa (65th min) score for the Lions
  • Rajpal Singh reduces the margin for Wizards in the 51st min

In one of the most remarkable turnaround that the inaugural Bridegstone World Series Hockey has witnessed, Karnataka Lions appears to have woken up from their slumber late but completely. The Lions, more popularly known as the team that features the ‘face of Indian hockey’, the 41-year-old Dhanraj Pillay, notched their third consecutive win to fashion arguably the most dramatic comeback in this tournament – adding a convinicng 3-1 win over Delhi Wizards here at the KHSA Stadium on Saturday after their shocking win over leaders Sher-E-Punjab the previous day.

With three amazing back-to-back wins, Lions are now comfortably perched at third in the pool table. Continue reading →

Bhopals are the Sultans of Swing

  • 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 →

Karnataka Len has the last laugh in the den

  • Aiyappa dazzles with two PC goals as Lions stun Sher-E-Punjab 2-1
  • Len Aiyappa scores a brace (6th & 58th mins)
  • Harpreet Singh scores lone goal (39th min) for Shers

In the biggest upset of the inaugural Bridgestone World Series Hockey, Karnataka Lions handed a 2-1 defeat on leaders Sher-E-Punjab here at the KSHA Stadium on Friday. The result was arguably the strongest re-affirmation of the topsy-turvy nature of this action-packed tournament. The Lions, who were struggling at the bottom for most part of the league, managed to convincingly beat an almost invincible-looking Sher-E-Punjab. Drag-flicker Len Aiyappa was the chief architect of their victory with two deadly goals from penalty-corners. In contrast, the Shers fizzled out on the PC front, convertng just one out of nine PCs in the match, with mosy of their their forwardline appearing off-colour today. Continue reading →

Nikkin Thimmaiah stars in Strykers 4-2 win

  • Youngster fires two goals in three minutes as Pune Strykers beat Mumbai Marines 4-2
  • Gurpreet Singh (28 min), Mario Almada (34th min), Nikkin Thimmiah (43rd & 45th mins) score for Strykers
  • Banmali Xess (15th min) and Aijub Ekka (27th min) score for Marines

The inaugural Bridgestone World Series Hockey has witnessed the emergence of many new stars in the past three weeks when the ball started rolling. This time, it was the young talented forward from Pune Strykers, Nikkin Thimmiah, who took the centrestage in the match against neighbours Mumbai Marines here on Friday. Thimmiah fired two scintillating goals in the space of three minutes to turn the match in Pune’s favour after it was tantalizingly poised at 2-2, for a heartwarming 4-2 win for the hosts.

Colts Banmali Xess and Aijub Ekka, working hard upfront, grabbed half chances that came their way to account for the both goals that Marines scored in the pulsating match. But Gurpeet Singh and Mario Almada restored parity in the second quarter, leaving Nikkin to showcase his skills for a fluent win.  Continue reading →