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NSWI XI win the match but lose series to ODISHA XI on penalties
Sportslogon Team November 4th 2018


Bhubaneswar : The two-match series between the NSWIS XI and Odisha XI came to a stunning end as, NSWIS conceded the two match series to ODISHA XI despite winning the match, after going down in the series deciding penalty shootout at the Biju Patnaik stadium, Raourkela.

The winning penalty goal by ODISHA XI produced a victory over NSWIS with a final score of 5-4. Organised by the Sports and Youth Service Department in association with Rourkela Municipal Corporation India, this exhibition match was a full house with an enthusiastic set of spectators cheering out loud in support of the teams.

NSWIS won the second leg of the match with a score of 3-2. Owing to which a penalty shootout was conducted where a winning goal by ODISHA XI declared them the winner of the match.

Both the teams put in excellent performances throughout the match but it was the win through a penalty shootout that put the whole audience into action.

The entire match boasted of thorough sportsmanship combined with some nail-biting and jaw-dropping performances.

Kurt Lovett Captain NSWIS received the Man of the Match award whereas Roshan Minz Captain of ODISHA XI received the man of the series award for displaying exceptional skills in both the matches. Present at the match, Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, said, “I am delighted to be here in the cradle of Hockey in Odisha. Sundergarh and Rourkela has produced eminent sports persons who brought laurels for the state and the country both at the national and international level sports events.

Chief minister also made an announcement for the hockey enthusiasts of the state saying “As a legacy of the World cup and in recognition of the Sundargarh district contribution towards Hockey, I would like to announce that we will establish astro turfs in all blocks of the districts. Probably Sundergarh will be the only districts with largest number of astro turfs in the country. And will continue to produce world class players who will play for the country” .
This news was added and updated on : November 4th 2018
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