Can Delhi Waveriders make it to the finals for the 2nd consecutive time or will it be the Wizards who can outdo the former for a berth in the grand FINALE
Ranchi, 21 February 2014: Anyone can win on any given day, this will be thought with which both Uttar Pradesh Wizards and Delhi Waveriders will play the eliminator match tomorrow at Ranchi.
While Delhi Waveriders had a good run in the League till now they will not leave anything to chance this time around. Post missing out on the trophy last year, Waveriders will ensure that they do not commit any mistakes on the field tomorrow which will cost them the FINALE. With a penalty conversion rate of 32%, Delhi Waveriders will look upon dragflicker Rupinder Pal Singh to help score the goals against the Wizards. Out of the 19 dragflicks that Rupinder Pal Singh took in the 10 matches, he was successful in converting 6 of them. On the other hand the team will also look at Simon Child, Yuvraj Walmiki and Akashdeep Singh to continue their goal scoring contributions in the decisive match tomorrow.
With just 4 wins in their kitty out of the 10 matches that the team played in the Pool stage, Uttar Pradesh Wizards will look at turning the tables and ensure that they beat Delhi Waveriders tomorrow. With VR Raghunath with his 7 goals which he has successfully scored through penalty corners, Coach Roelant Oltmans will be looking upon him to convert the chances that the team gets against the Waveriders tomorrow. Much will also depend on likes of Nikkin Thimmiah, SK Uthappa, Teun de Nooijer, Ramandeep Singh to take the attack to the opposition and put the much required pressure on the Waveriders.
Will it be Sardar Singh’s day tomorrow or will it be VR Rahunath’s, will Rupinder Pal Singh stand up to his team’s expectations or will it be Nikkin Thimmiah, will it be Nicolas Jacobi who will be successful in stopping the opponents from scoring or will it be George Bazeley …it will be a game which many are waiting to watch.
Speaking on tomorrow’s big match, VR Raghunath, Captain, Uttar Pradesh Wizards said “It will be an interesting semi-final tomorrow. All the matches played between the top 4 teams have been close ones. It will all depend on the day, the team that plays well on the given day, will win. As far as U.P. Wizards is concerned, we are looking forward to utilize the opportunities and chances we get in the game and play with a positive attitude”.
Reolant Oltmans – Coach, Uttar Pradesh Wizards prior to semi-final match against Delhi Wave Riders said “It would be an equal match as Delhi Wave Riders is placed at 2nd position in points table. A lot will depend on the day of the match. The team that plays positively and will make sure to capitalize the chances, will march into the final”.
Which team will be seen on the grand stage of HHIL 2014 Finale is yet to be seen. The action for the Finale kicks off at 5.30pm pm on Saturday with the clash between Delhi Waveriders taking on Uttar Pradesh Wizards followed by Jaypee Punjab Warriors against Ranchi Rhinos and which can be watched LIVE on Star Sports.