The Green brigade made the first noises in the Wizards’ defence when Yuvraj Walmiki threatened to score, but muffed up the opportunity at the near post. The Cedric D’Souza-coached side upped the ante and forced their first penalty corner in the 11th minute, but Rupinder Pal Singh slammed it wide.
The Delhi outfit was soon rewarded for their aggression upfront when Yuvraj Walmiki deflected home a nice pass from Lloyd Norris-Jones in the 14th minute to go into the opening quarter break with a narrow lead.
The Wizards looked good to equalize early in the second quarter when Ramandeep Singh engineered a short corner for them, but Vokkaliga Raghunath was thwarted by Rupinder Pal Singh. The Greenshirts kept the Wizards at bay to hang on to a 1-0 lead at half-time.
The UP outfit had an opportunity to draw level when they won their second PC, but Vokkaliga Raghunath banged it wide. SK Uthappa could have given his side the much-needed equalizer but failed to tap home in front of an open goal. The Wizards were left ruing their chances when Vokkaliga Raghunath hit the crossbar off their third PC.
The UP outfit replaced goalkeeper George Bazeley with Srinivas Rao in the final quarter and even as time was running on, the Waveriders piled on the pressure. Akashdeep Singh nearly made it 2-0 but his shot sailed wide.
New Zealander Hugo Inglis perhaps had the best chance to bring Wizards into the contest with three minutes remaining for the final hooter, but his shot was off target. The Waveriders soaked up all the pressure from the Wizards in the dying moments to eke out a 1-0 win and a second consecutive berth in the HIL final.