Delhi Waveriders continued their dream run in the Hero Hockey India League with a clinical 3-0 win over Jaypee Punjab Warriors at the MDC National Stadium on Tuesday.
For Waveriders, yet to be beaten in the tournament, goals came from Akashdeep Singh, Andrew Hayward and Simon Child. Waveriders now have 32 points from seven games, five more than second placed Ranchi Rhinos. "Delhi Waveriders are definitely playing well, and are favourites to win the title," Warriors’ skipper Jamie Dwyer said after the match.
There was only one goal scored in the first two quarters, but Waveriders were clearly the better side at half-time. They created more chances; they had higher number of circle penetration (10 to Warriors' 5) and also dominated the ball possession (58%). However, AK Bansal's team had only one goal to show for it, a beautiful strike by Akashdeep Singh in the 13th minute. After getting the ball near Warriors’ D, Akashdeep dribbled past a couple of defenders, took the ball to the right of the goalpost, and then smashed an unstoppable reverse-hit to put Waveriders on the scoreboard.