Warriors scrape past Wizards

 Local favourites Jaypee Punjab Warriors dished out a commendable performance to register a 2-1 win over Uttar Pradesh Wizards in a hard-fought match of the Hero Hockey India League, here on Saturday.

Playing attacking hockey under near freezing conditions, Punjab skipper Jamie Dwyer gave an early lead to his team when he scored from the left flank in the 21st minute.

Eight minutes later, Sandeep Singh increased the lead when he scored from the rebound of his own flick, thus converting the only penalty corner which the team earned. Despite missing some chances, Punjab kept up the attack and the Wizards fought hard and were rewarded in the 35th minute when Inglis Hugo Reid scored the solitary goal.

Rajpal Singh’s double strike helped Delhi Waveriders thrash Mumbai Magicians 5-3. Waveriders, took the lead in the third minute with striker Yuvraj Walmiki. The hosts managed to equalise seven minutes later through a combined effort from Bharat Chikkara and captain Glenn Turner. Visitors surged ahead in the 11th minute through Rajpal.

Timothy Deavin nudged the ball inside the unguarded Delhi net in the 35th minute to draw level. The Waveriders took the lead once again in the next minute through Akashdeep Singh.

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