The tournaments comeback kings and arguably the least fancied of the WSH teams,Pune Strykers made it to the final after a penalty shoot-out 7-6 after trailing 1-4 in the second semi-final. Enjoying considerable support,the Strykers perfected what theyd been doing throughout the league stages against league-toppers Chandigarh Comets.
In the shoot-out,Mario Almada,Bikash Toppo and Nikkin Thimmaiah scored off the second,third and fourth shots after Roshan Minz had missed the first. Gurjinder Singh and Bharat Chikara put the Comets 2-0 up in the tie-breaker but Pune goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Guri managed to stop Ramandeep Singh,Gabbar Singh and finally skipper Rehan Butt.
Earlier,Comets had begun with Gurjinder Singh scooping it high into the right net within five minutes. The Strykers were quick to equalise when Roshan Minz scissored in from the left for Almada to tap it in at the Mumbai Hockey Association stadium. The Comets whizzed around immediately as Jiwa Mohan mirrored the move on the opposite end for Jasjit Kular to slot it in for a 2-1 lead. Chandigarh then went ahead through Ajitesh Roy and Butt before Tyron Pereira,Toppo and Simrandeep took the game into shoot-out.
Punjab thrash Karnataka 4-1
Pune now face tournament favourites Sher-e-Punjab in the title clash after the latter thrashed hosts Karnataka Lions 4-1 in Bangalore. Matthew Hotchkis (17th),Karamjit Singh (39th),Harpreet Singh and captain Prabhjot Singh (68th) were the scorers for Punjab while Naveen Kumar (11th) scored the lone goal for Karnataka.