Lucknow: Defending champions Ranchi Rhinos managed a 2-1 win over Uttar Pradesh Wizards in the Hero Hockey India League (HIL) at the Dhyan Chand Stadium, here on Saturday.
English drag-flicker Ashley Jackson ensured The Rhinos got the lead when he converted a penalty corner in the 18th minute.
The Wizards' forward line headed by Ramandeep Singh failed to make inroads. The match was witnessed by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
Jaypee Punjab Warriors, who seem to be improving with every game, take on hosts Uttar Pradesh Wizards today. Warriors will be a confident lot after their maiden win against Delhi Waveriders in Delhi Friday. They have won three of their four games.
Warriors head coach Barry Dancer said: "I feel confident as the team has shown improvement. Our performance in the last match against Delhi Waveriders was good. The team has depth and it is now coming out with every match."