Check todays hot topics and new pictures Today is: 24 April, 2014
WSH: Pune Strykers beat Delhi Wizards in an away game

WSH: Pune Strykers beat Delhi Wizards in an away gameNew Delhi, March 4 - Penalty corner expert Gurpreet Singh's late conversions steered Pune Strykers to an impressive 3-1 win over Delhi Wizards in the third and last match on day four of the World Series Hockey here Saturday.

Gurpreet converted a penalty corner in the dying moments of the third quarter and then pushed a penalty stroke to the left corner of the net to enable Pune overcome the fighting Delhi Wizards.

Philip Sunkel's 26th minute deflection helped Delhi cancel out Mario Almada's 12th minute stunner.

Both teams had won their opening matches and faced each other in front of a sizeable Delhi crowd here at the Major Dhyan Chand National stadium.

A faulty and panicky clearance inside the circle was pounced upon by the Pune Strykers to go up early.

International star Bikas Toppo dribbled past a host of defenders to the baseline, and passed it upfront to the waiting forwards. A Delhi defender came quick and intercepted, but let the ball bounce and trickle towards the cage. Even as the panicky defender was demanding an infringement and lost focus, Argentina's legend Almada retrieved the ball, whacked it to the net in fraction of a second (1-0).

Almada was fittingly declared the Man of the Match.

The beauty of the 12th minute goal was such that the Delhi fans jumped in joy and celebrated with bhangra, momentarily forgetting the fact the goal was struck against their team!

Rajpal Singh, Vikaram Kant and Philip Ankel worked in tandem to reply in style.

It was a copy book triangle move. Wily winger Rajpal stole the ball in the 25-yard area, took to the top of D very fast, passed to waiting Vikaram. The international star sent a strong diagonal pass towards the cage, where Ankel lunged forward to put the stick to deflect the flight. The ball crashed into the net to the right of goalie (1-1).

The same alert forward however wasted a great feed by Shakeel Abbasi in the 66th minute.

He dived and connected timely in the circle, but the flight was miscued to miss the empty goal, and agonizingly went out.

There were no goals in second and third quarters, despite plenty of penalty corners and counter attacks.

Gurpreet struck his first goal in the dying moments of third quarter, off the team's sixth penalty corner (53rd min, 2-1). The goal took the steam out of otherwise equally competent Delhi outfit.

Gurpreet scored his second goal in the 60th minute. Pune earned a stroke against the run of play. The burly youngster placed the ball to the left corner of the net (3-1) to take away the match from the host. (IANS)


AIFF launches academy certification programme

All-India-Football-FederationNew Delhi, April 24 : All India Football Federation (AIFF) Thursday launched the 'AIFF Academy Certification' which aims to set a standard of youth development in the country through a certification model.  Read more »

'Sympathetic' Mourinho 'feels sorry' for 'axed' Moyes

'Sympathetic' Mourinho 'feels sorry' for 'axed' MoyesLondon, Apr 24 : Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has said that he feels sorry for sacked Manchester United manager David Moyes.

Mourinho said that he prefers not to comment about the  Read more »

Royal Challengers opt to field against Knight Riders

Royal-Challengers-KKRSharjah, April 24 : Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and elected to field against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium here Thursday.  Read more »

Ex-Pak captain Saleem Malik slams PCB for refusing to review life ban

Saleem MalikKarachi, Apr 24 : Former Pakistan captain Saleem Malik has slammed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for refusing to review his life ban over alleged match fixing in 2008.  Read more »

Indian driver Chandhok and team qualify third

Indian driver Chandhok and team qualify thirdSilverstone (England), April 19 : India's Karun Chandhok along with his Murphy Prototypes teammates Rodolfo Gonzalez and Alex Kapadia qualified third in his first ever European Le Mans (ELMS) race here Saturday.  Read more »

Rosberg plans on discussing concerns on 'over the line' Bahrain GP with Hamilton

Nico RosbergLondon, Apr 18  : Mercedes racer Nico Rosberg is reportedly planning to discuss concers regarding their fight for victory in Bahrain, which went 'over the line', with his teammate Lewis Hamilton.  Read more »