Bangalore Hi-Fliers on top of table with win over Sultans

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Chandigarh, Dec 27 (UNI) Playing an inspiring game, Bangalore Hi-Fliers got the better of Hyderabad Sultans 2-1 in their crucial match in the fourth edition of the Premier Hockey League at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium here today.

The Hi-Fliers, whose midfielders fully controlled the game in the second half, scored through their brilliant Korean forward You Hyo Sik (23rd) and captain Tushar Khandekar (60th). Hyderabad Sultans' solitary goal came from the stick of Deedar Singh in the 46th minute.

Khandekar was declared the man of the match for his outstanding performance.

Sik also earned the distinction of scoring 'half century' good of the tournament when he scored Bangalore's first goal today. It was the 50th goal of the tournament, including goals scored in the tie-breaker sessions. So far 52 goals have been listed from 12 encounters contested so far. However, the goals scored in shootout are not counted for deciding goal difference.

With this victory, Bangalore Hi-Fliers secured three points and became the leaders in points tally with eight points from four matches. Maratha Warriors are at the second spot with seven points.

Chandigarh Dynamos who face Sher-E-Jalandhar tomorrow, are at the third spot with six points. Hyderabad Sultans, Sher-E-Jalandhar and Orissa Steelers were sharing the fourth position with five points apice.

Tomorrow's fixture:Chandigarh Dynamos vs Sher-E-Jalandhar (1800 hrs).

UNI

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