Chandigarh: Bhopal Badshahs made an exciting start to the inaugural
World Series Hockey by scoring a pulsating 4-3 win over Chandigarh Comets
at the Sector-42 Stadium here on Wednesday.
Four goals were
scored in the last quarter of the match and within a span of seven minutes
as Badshahs came from behind, firing all cylinders after trailing 1-2 at
the end of the third quarter.
The scorers for the winners were
Laxman Bhaskaran (6th and 63rd minute), Geowynee Kyle Gamiet (56th minute)
and Affan Yousuf (61st minute) while Gurjinder Singh struck a brace (22nd
minute and 57th minute) and Jasjit Singh Kular scored the other goal (29th
minute) for the Comets.
The match was played at a fast pace and
the four-quarters rule was a new feature for most players.
match started with the Badshahs striking in the 4th minute itself as
Laxman Bhaskaran scored off a penalty corner to make it 1-0.
first quarter then witnessed a rather cagey affair, with neither team
being dominant. But the Comets hit back in the third minute of the second
quarter as Gurjinder drilled in a low shot from a penalty corner, which -
despite brushing off the keeper - went in to restore parity.
there on, the action picked up and went on till the last minute.
then took the lead in the second quarter, when Jasjit struck off another
penalty corner and made it 2-1 for the home team. But both teams were not
done yet and after playing out rather timid second quarter, they picked up
their game subsequently.
The last quarter saw a lot of activity.
Kyle struck in the 56th minute to make it 2-2, only for Gurjinder to get
back the lead for Comets a minute later.
It was looking like the
teams were heading for a draw but first Affan Yousuf and then Laxman
Bhaskaran scored the equaliser and the winner respectively to wrap up all
three points for the Badshahs.