Cheetahs overwhelmed by Punjab roar
Sher-e-Punjab won its first match of World Series Hockey, defeating Chennai Cheetahs, 5-2, at Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium on Thursday.
The local team took an early lead, when Antil Mandeep scored an excellent field goal in the seventh minute. In the 24th minute, Chennai's Warsi Imran restored parity when he successfully converted a penalty corner.
Sher-E-Punjab were back in lead in the 34th minute when Harpreet Nagra converted a penalty stroke. In the 49th minute, skipper Prabhjot Singh dodged past the Chennai defenders to score a field goal and increase the lead to 3-1; two minutes later, Gagan Ajit Singh made it 4-1. Cheetahs tasted success in the 63rd minute, Warsi scoring his second by converting a penalty corner, but by then, it was a bit too late.
With a two-goal cushion, the hosts managed kept on creating chances at will.
In the dying moments of the match, Prabhjot sealed Chennai's fate with a superb field goal.
Fans give WSH cold shoulder
Although elaborate arrangements were made to accommodate spectators, not even a 1,000 turned up in the 8000-capacity stadium to witness the match. Unlike other events like the Surjit hockey tournament, tickets for WSH matches are being sold on the spot, but there were very few takers for the facility.