Although Australia might appear favourites going into this game, the fact that India are playing their fifth game at the County Ground in Derby - where they are yet to suffer a loss - would even things out. The slow turners that have been on offer at the home of Derbyshire CCC, have been much to India's liking as they have registered four out of their five league stage wins at this venue. That 65% of the 49 wickets picked up by the Indian bowlers and eight of the 12 fifty-plus scores by their batters have come at this venue proves familiarity breeds success for the sub-continent team.
The Andhra Pradesh Residential School boys were on the offensive right from the beginning. They were quick in moving the ball deep into the enemy’s camp. They succeeded in getting two penalty corners. However, they could not succeed in scoring the goals as the Kurnool goal keeper succeeded in stopping both the penalty corner shots. He looked every formidable indeed; although the Kurnool team dominated during the first-half of the game, the Coles school team stole the thunder during the second half. They also succeeded in getting two penalty corners during the last ten minutes of the game. They succeeded in scoring two goals. Bhasker, the centre forward of the Kurnool team, scored these goals, and became the ‘Star of the evening”. Thus the game ended in favour of Coles school team. They won the state level hockey championship on account of their superior skill in the game.