The visiting Cheetahs, all the way from Chennai, proved to be a tad too fast, and, fuelled by Pakistan drag flicker Imraan Warsi sped off with a 5-3 win.
The Chennai-based outfit opened on an attacking note, with forwards Adam Sinclair and Joseph Reardon breaching the home side's defence at will. The tactic paid off in the seventh minute, the Cheetahs were awarded a penalty corner and Warsi duly sounded the board to hand the visitors the early lead.
Another Warsi stinger and Sinclair's field goal in the 9th minute meant that the Chennai side led 3-1 after two quarters, Ramandeep's 23rd minute the lone bright spot for the hosts.
Chandigarh desperately tried to play catch up, but each time they reduced the deficit, their opponents promptly restored the two-goal difference. Warsi's hat-trick hit cancelled home skipper Rehan Butt's goal from open play, while Sukhvinder Singh's 64th minute penalty corner conversion was nullified in the very next minute by Aussie Mark Harris.
Final result: Chennai 5 (Warsi 7', 22', 39', Sinclair 9', Harris 65'), Chandigarh 3 (Ramandeep 23', Butt 39', Gabbar 64').
Some members of the Indian men’s hockey team that won the Olympic Qualifiers recently have been served show-cause notices for not turning up for their respective franchises in the World Series Hockey.
Bhopal Badshahs have served a show-cause notice on Shivendra Singh, while the Chennai franchise have served a notice on India skipper Bharat Chhetri for speaking against the WSH.
After making it to the Olympics, all the members of the winning squad have refused to participate in the rebel league, being organised by Nimbus Sports and the IHF.