New Delhi, Oct 13: The great Indian Hockey high continues at the Delhi Commonwealth Games as the host country stormed into finals after a trilling victory over nemesis England on Tuesday, Oct 12.
The Indian team managed to recreate the same magic seen during the Sunday, Oct 10 match against Pakistan in the semifinal bout against the European champions.
The team magnificently put an end to the uncertainty that hovered over the outcome even after the full time by emerging triumphant in the shootout.
After the 7-4 win over long standing rivals Pakistan, India faced a well-organised and aggressive England to fight for their spot in the CWG finals.
The host country, which was first 1-3 down, came up to equalise 3-3 by full time. As extra time saw no decider, a shootout followed.
The nail-biter semifinal turned extremely tense at this point. As the spectators sent out silent prayers, the players reminded themselves of the sweet taste of revenge as they faced the team that has snatched several tournaments from them.
After 3-each shootout score, Arjun Halappa tipped in the fourth and Shivendra Singh finished the affair with a fifth goal, giving India a 5-4 victory.
The real hero of the match was Goalkeeper Bharat Chetri who thwarted the Glenn Kirkham's flick which, ultimately, gave the strikers a chance to claim victory.
India will now face the mighty Australians in the finals on Thursday, Oct 14. Expectations run high with the country thirsty for another thriller of a game to wrap up the CWG hockey tournament with a Gold.