INDIA TROUNCE POLAND; #DESHKELIYE
On 23rd June, 2015, roughly around midnight, a tough semi-final contest was anticipated between a strong Polish side and a determined Indian team during the ongoing World Hockey League (WHL) at KHC Dragons Stadium in Antwerk, Belgium. However, Poland was dominated right from the beginning to the end by the Indians who wrapped it all at 3-0 by the final whistle.
Indian team rehearse ahead of the match with Poland.
The first quarter went goalless when both teams endeavoured to score an opening goal. It was Poland that earned a penalty corner in the 20th minute but Indian keeper P R Sreejesh dodged away the Polish captain’s drag flick.
It was Yuvraj Walmiki who flashed a goal past the Polish keeper to put India in a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute when he effectively received a long pass from a defender and deflected it right in Poland’s keep.
Players celebrate after their first goal against the opposition.
In the third quarter, veteran Sardar Singh struck an incredible goal in the 41st minute right from their half into the left corner of the goal with an impressive reverse drive.
Even though Poland tried really hard to achieve a consolation goal, their opponents gave them a tough time and drained out all their energies in the limited attempts that they made to score.
Sardar Singh in full action during the semi final.
In the 52nd minute, Devinder Walmiki very gracefully deflected a diagonal ball and that put India on a 3-0 pedestal as the first semi final came to an easy conclusion.
Although India could not capitalize well on the three penalty corners that came their way, mostly due to Rupinder Singh’s absence, the Walmiki brothers and Sardar Singh made sure India sailed through the semis and notched to the top of the table.
Meanwhile, the Indian women’s hockey team lost 0-5 to New Zealand in the WHL semi finals. Also, the kookaburras thrashed the Pakistani team 6-1 in the second semi final of the men’s HWL.
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