The Waveriders finished runners-up in the first edition of the HHIL, losing to title holders Ranchi Rhinos last year at the Astroturf Hockey Stadium in Ranchi. They have experienced a good campaign this time around in the group stages, ending on the second spot with 39 points from 10 games ahead of the Wizards.

However, the Wizards have endured a mixed form this year and finished their league campaign on third position with 28 points from 10 matches.

Having won seven, lost two and drawn one game, the Waveriders had a much better outing in the league stages compared to the Wizards, who could muster just four victories in the tournament this year.

On head-to-head record this year, the Sardar Singh-led side has a better record than the Wizards. While the match between the two sides ended in a 1-1 draw, the Waveriders recorded a close 4-3 win over the Wizards in their next meeting this year.
     
Under new coach Cedric D'souza, the Delhi outfit has looked impressive. In young Yuvraj Walmiki, Akashdeep Singh, Talwinder Singh, Kiwi Simon Child and veteran Rajpal Singh, the Waveriders possess an energetic forwardline, which can create havoc in any team’s defense line on its day.

The Waveriders' midfield is led by the ever-reliable Sardar and Gurbaj Singh, while the backline will be manned by one of the world's top goalkeepers in Nicolas Jacobi. In Rupinderpal Singh, the Waveriders has a classy penalty corner specialist.
     
On the other hand, despite having some big names in their ranks, Wizards failed to get their campaign going in the tournament.  Ramandeep Singh, the costliest buy in this year's auction, looked ordinary in the tournament so far, but youngsters such as Nikkin Thiimaiah, S K Uthappa and Pradeep Mor has impressed with their skills.

(Agencies)