Hi-Fliers down Shers to enter semifinals

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Chandigarh, Dec 30 (UNI) Former champions Bangalore Hi-Fliers became the first team to enter the semifinal with a 2-1 victory over Sher-e-Jalandhar in the fourth edition of the Premier Hockey League at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium here today.

Hi-Fliers completed their engagements in the league winning five of the six matches and currently top the table with 14 points.

Shers on the other hand remain on five points after five matches.

They have to win their last match against Orissa Steelers and hope for others to lose to make an entry into the semifinals.

After a barren first half, where both the teams had an equal share of exchanges Bangalore Hi-Fliers drew the first blood converting the third and last of their penalty corners. In the 47th minute Bangalore forced their second short corner but missed the chance with an indirect variation.

However, they earned one more short corner and this time drag flick specialist Len Aiyappa sent a low flick to the right of goalkeeper Salman Akbar in Shers' goal.

Thereafter, both the teams switched up gears and increased the pace of the game.

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