Bangalore Hi-Fliers beat Hyderabad Sultans

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:48 IST

Bangalore Hi-Fliers beat Hyderabad Sultans 3-2 in a Tier I match of the Premier Hockey League.

Hyderabad:

Len Aiyappa struck the first hat-trick of the competition as Bangalore Hi-Fliers beat Hyderabad Sultans 3-2 in a Tier I match of the Premier Hockey League. Riding on Aiyappa's brilliance, Bangalore came from behind handing out Hyderabad their first defeat in the tournament. Aiyappa struck in the 14th, 49th and 51st minutes after Sohail Abbas gave Hyderabad the lead in the 12th minute. Wasim Ahmed slammed home five minutes before the final whistle. Drag flick After the Bangalore team messed up a penalty corner, world's highest goal scorer Sohail Abbas lived up to his reputation with his trademark drag flick to the right hand side corner of the post to put the hosts in the lead in the first quarter. But minutes later Len Aiyappa scored the equaliser through a similar flick infusing tempo into the game played before a sizeable Sunday crowd which included former Indian cricket captain Mohamed Azharuddin. Aiyappa struck in the next two short corner opportunities and the Hi-Fliers took a 3-1 lead. Stung by the reverse, Vikram Pillay, Susan Toppno and Sameer Dad raided the opponent citadel with some incisive moves but could not pull out any thing positive. (PTI)

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