HIL 2017: Kalinga Thrash Punjab 7-Zero to Enter Semis

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Chandigarh: A decided Kalinga Lancers certified for the semi-finals of the Hockey India League (HIL) as they whipped previous defending champions Jaypee Punjab Warriors 7-Zero on the Hockey Stadium right here on Saturday.

Needing solely a draw of their remaining sport to qualify for the semi-finals, the final yr's runners ran riot with objectives from Adam Dixon (ninth minute), Moritz Furste (24th, penalty nook), Lalit Upadhyay (34th) and Dharamvir Singh (39th).

The win took second-placed Kalinga's factors tally to 28 as they and Dabang Mumbai are the 2 groups who’ve reached the knock-outs to be held right here.

Backside-placed Punjab remained on the backside of the desk with 17 factors from eight matches.

Punjab, who had been coming into the match with three consecutive defeats, continued their stoop in opposition to Kalinga, who misplaced to the previous in final version's remaining.

Punjab acquired off to a disastrous begin as they had been behind by two objectives within the early ninth minute when English midfielder Dixon made amends for a trapping mistake throughout a penalty nook execution as he gathered the ball and ran previous couple of defenders on the best earlier than slotting in from a good angle.

Punjab confirmed good character after conceding the lead. They made good attacking build-ups and Baljit Singh examined Kalinga custodian Andrew Constitution with a back-hander from the highest of the 'D'.

The hosts earned three penalty corners within the first 5 minutes of the second quarter however none of them had been trapped correctly. Kalinga too missed one penalty nook with a mistrapping by the stopper.

However Kalinga corrected the error of their subsequent try and German talisman Furste fired a grounder to the best, beating the outstretched proper foot of Clemons to mark his seventh penalty nook aim and ninth of the marketing campaign.

Punjab too had their possibilities, as many as three penalty corners, however the efforts from Mink van der Weerden and Mark Gleghorne weren’t sufficient to beat Kalinga goalkeeper Constitution and his defence.

Kalinga continued their good sport and made it 5-Zero within the 34th minute as Billy Bakker, from the highest of the circle, performed a sq. move to the left the place Upadhhay was stationed unmarked. The India ahead hammered residence on the close to publish, a lot to the frustration of the house camp.

5 minutes later, it was 7-Zero and it appeared very simple as Punjab defence was misplaced. Gurjinder Singh dribbled previous two guarding defenders guarding the left publish earlier than passing to Malak Singh, who chipped from the baseline to the entrance of the aim. And solely factor an unmarked Dharmvir did was to faucet the ball in.

Couple of minutes later Lalit was once more on the opponent circle however he failed to succeed in in time to satisfy a baseline cross from Pardeep Mor.

Punjab threw every thing on the finish however couldn't pull again even a aim. S.V. Sunil thought to have opened their account for the night time with three.15 minutes left on the clock however the aim was disallowed for a ball obstruction earlier than it reached the Karnataka ahead.

It accomplished a harrowing night time for Barry Dancer-coached facet, which is now on the verge of elimination.

They play their remaining league sport on Monday in opposition to Delhi Waveriders, who’ve 21 level from eight video games.

Uttar Pradesh are fourth with 20 factors from seven matches, whereas former champions Ranchi Rays are fifth with 18 factors from 9 video games.

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