Badhshahs edge past Comets 4-3 in a thriller
Chandigarh: Bhopal Badshahs made an exiting start to the inaugural World Series Hockey by scoring a pulsating 4-3 win over Chandigarh Comets at the Sector-42 Stadium here tonight.
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 Baskaran (sixth and 63rd minute), Geowynee Kyle Gamiet (26th minute) and Affan Yousuf (61st minute) while Gurjinder Singh struck a brace (22nd minute & 57th minute) and Jasjit Kular Singh scored the other goal (29th minute).
The match was played at a fast pace and the four quarters rule was a new feature.
The match started with the Badshahs striking in the 4th minute itself as Laxman Baskaran scored off a penalty corner (1-0).
The 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.
From there on, the action picked up, and went on till the last minute.
Chandigarh then took the lead in the 10th minute of the second quarter, when Jasjit struck off another penalty corner, and made it 2-1 to the home team.
But both teams were not done and after playing out rather timid second quarter, they picked up their game subsequently.
The last quarter saw a lot of activity, with end results as well as the goals flew in thick and fast. Gayle struck in the 4th 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 Yousuf Affan in the 5th minute and then Laxman Bhaskaran in the 8th, scored the equaliser and the winner, to wrap up all three points for the Badshahs.