HIL: Waveriders beat UP Wizards 3-1

Lucknow: Delhi Waveriders maintained their winning streak and defeated Uttar Pradesh Wizards 3-1 to move to the top of the points table of the fourth Hockey India League, on Saturday.

Both the teams found it difficult to create enough scoring opportunities in the first half.

After a barren opening half, the Waveriders finally broke the deadlock in the 42nd minute when tall Rupinder Pal Singh brilliantly converted their first penalty corner past an ever-alert PR Sreejesh in front of UP Wizards goal.

Kiwi Sreven Edwards (59th) then scored a field goal in the penultimate minute of the match to extend the Waveriders lead to 3-0 as per the scoring system one field strike is counted as two.

UP Wizards pulled one back in the final minute with a powerful penalty corner conversion by Argentine Gonzalo Peillat.

By virtue of this win, the Waveriders have moved to the top with 10 points from two games. Wizards are placed second with seven points from three games. Wizards will next host Kalinga Lancers on January 25 while Waveriders will go to Ranchi to play Ranchi Rays on January 26.

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