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HIL: Punjab Warriors beat Delhi Waveriders 3-1

New Delhi: Jaypee Punjab Warriors continued their impressive run and came from a goal down to beat defending champions Delhi Waveriders 3-1 and register their third consecutive win in the Hero Hockey India League here yesterday.

Down by a goal till the first three quarters, it took a spirited fightback from the Warriors to maintain their winning streak, pumping in three goals in the fourth and final quarter through Christopher Ciriello (50th minute), SV Sunil (54th) and Affan Yousuf (56th) at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.

The Waveriders, however, were first to break the deadlock through Simon Child's field strike in the third minute. Stung by the early goal, Punjab went on the attack but failed to find the back of opposition net as the first quarter ended with Delhi enjoying a slender lead.

After the change of ends, the Warriors looked far more threatening as the Waveriders went on the defensive. But Waveriders' defensive tactics completely backfired in the final 15 minutes of the match as the Punjab outfit mounted tremendous pressure on the home team's defence with continuous raids.

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