Already out of the summit clash, a misfiring India had to toil hard to get the better of a lowly Canada 5-3 and register their first win in the ongoing 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament, here on Thursday.
Debutants Ranchi Rays will face season's most consistent team Jaypee Punjab Warriors in the summit clash of the third Hero Hockey India League after both teams registered contrasting wins in their respective semifinals here on Saturday.
Bruised and battered by the back-to-back defeats in the Champions Trophy hockey, India's experienced drag-flicker V R Raghunath said the hosts are keen to put up their "best show" in their last Pool B tie against World Cup silver medallist the Netherlands on Monday.
Indian men`s hockey team chief coach Terry Walsh says their first target is to make the semifinals at the Commonwealth Games while Neil Hawgood, the person entrusted with the task of getting the best out of the women`s outfit, also expresses confidence of a decent finish.
Yuvraj Walmiki scored the all-important winner to guide Delhi Waveriders to the summit clash of the second edition of the Hero Hockey India League in the floodlit Astroturf Hockey Stadium here on Saturday.
They might have struggled for most part of the tournament but Mumbai Magicians drew curtains to their campaign in the second Hero Hockey India League in style, defeating Uttar Pradesh Wizards 3-2 to register their second consecutive win here on Tuesday.
Penalty corner exponents Rupinderpal Singh and V R Raghunath slammed a hat-trick each as India mauled minnows Bangladesh 9-1 to maintain their unbeaten run ahead of the semifinals in the ninth Asia Cup hockey tournament here on Wednesday.
India paid the price of poor defending as they conceded a goal four minutes from time to play out a 3-3 draw in a thrilling match in their last pool fixture of the FIH World League Round 3 match here on Monday.
A dominant India continued their winning spree, outclassing China 4-0 to register their fourth consecutive victory in the men`s competition of the Hero Hockey World League Round 2 at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here today.
Vice-captain V R Raghunath, Rupinder Pal Singh and Nithin Thimmaiah scored a brace each to guide India to a resounding 9-1 win over minnows Oman and register their second straight victory in the men`s Hero Hockey World League Round 2 here today.
Captain V R Raghunath led from the front, scoring four goals including a hat-trick, to help Uttar Pradesh Wizards claim the third spot in the inaugural Hockey India League with a come-from-behind 4-3 win over Jaypee Punjab Warriors, here on Sunday.