MS Dhoni’s Ranchi Rays defeated Jaypee Punjab Warriors by 3-2 in a penalty shootout in the final to win the third edition of Hero Hockey India League 2015 (HHIL). The final was held at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi.
The regulation time score read 2-2 which resulted in the shootout. Ranchi Rays produced an inspired performance and twice came back from a goal down to beat favourites Jaypee Punjab Warriors in the shootout.
Ranchi Rays was awarded 2.50 crore rupees, while Jaypee Punjab Warriors was awarded 1.25 crore rupees for finishing in the second position. Delhi Waveriders received 75 lakh rupees for securing third position.
Barry Middleton of Ranchi Rays received Hero Goal of the Match Award. Tyler Lovell of Ranchi Rays became Man of the Match.
Though the Ranchi Rays are a debutant, the squad is more or less the same as that of the now non-existent Ranchi Rhinos which won the inaugural HIL in 2013.