Delhi Waveriders maintained its unbeaten run in the Hero Hockey India League (HIL) by registering a 3-0 win over Punjab Warriors in the second match between the two sides at the National stadium here on Tuesday.
Waveriders, after its sixth victory, consolidated its position at the top of the table with 32 points from seven engagements while Warriors, with 20 points from eight matches, remained static at the third place.
The touring team played the possession game well to keep the home strikers quiet for some time. In fact, it was the Warriors who made a quick assault through Jarmanpreet Singh in the fifth minute.
Waveriders soon found their rhythm. After wasting a penalty corner in the 11th minute, the host drew first blood three minutes later.
Following a coordinated effort, Talwinder Singh pushed the ball from a scramble inside the circle to Akashdeep Singh and the latter beat two defenders to shoot home in style.
Delhi came close to make it 2-0 when Sardar gave the ball to Tim Jenniskens after a stunning run on the left flank and the Dutchman crossed it for Akashdeep.
However, the youngster was not at the right position to utilise the opportunity.
Waveriders sustained the pressure on the Warriors’ defence in the second quarter from its busy left corridor. The visitor also had its moments, including a missed chance in the 24th minute when forward S.V. Sunil failed to put a Rob Hammond cross in.
Waveriders, learning from its past mistakes of conceding late goals, was a little watchful in the penultimate quarter.
Warriors’ reluctance to go all out for the equaliser and Sunil spoiling another sitter made the proceedings a little dull. New Zealander Andrew Hayward generated some interest by converted Waveriders’ second short corner and widened the lead a minute before the close of the third quarter.
By the final quarter, Warriors had lost the steam to fight back. Its strategy to play without goalkeeper Jaap Stockmann for the last few minutes backfired as Simon Child made it 3-0 in the dying moments.
Delhi Waveriders 3 (Akashdeep Singh 14, Andrew Hayward 52, Simon Child 70) bt Jaypee Punjab Warriors 0.