Odhisa start favorite, close contests in Girl's section at KISG hockey

Odhisa Boys in action in a Hockey match during the first Khelo India School Games

Odds favour  Odisha boys  as they take on Uttar Pradesh in the semi final of the hockey competition of Khelo India School Games at Dhyan Chand National Stadium New Delhi on Wednesday. The second semi final will witness Punjab and Chandigarh battling it out for the place in the finals

It is going to be very tough  contest  in the girls  section as odds are even with Jharkhand  facing  Punjab and  Haryana taking on Chandigarh.

Odisha boys  have displayed exceptional hockey after their shock defeat at the hands of Haryana. They way the outplayed Punjab in the next  game  was a warning for all other  teams.

Most of the Odisha boys  are from Punposh Academy based in Rourkela  have been playing together  for  long and that also  give them an added advantage.

It will be tough for Uttar Pradesh to stop  fast moving Odisha  boys and if they manage to do it, they will create  a big  upset.

Punjab started  with two easy wins against  Haryana  and  Delhi but looked clue less  against  fast moving  Odisha team. They will have to come up with some thing  special  to overcome Chandigarh who also play the same brand of  hockey.

In the  girls  section Jharkhand  have so  far played a sparkling  games. Their striker and mid fielders have combined well and defence has stood the test against the rival  teams.

It is going to be the test for  Punjab girls and their coach as what strategy they will adopt to  foil the Jharkhand  strikers and mid fielders.

The second semi final between Haryana and Chandigarh is going to be tight affair. Both teams play tough and robust game. Only advantage with Chandigarh   is they have forwards who can convert  even  half chances to their  advantage while  Haryana strikers have made heavy  weather of the chances that had come  their way.