The Mumbai Magicians have been having a torrid time in the Hockey India League. They lost 11 out of their 12 matches last season, and this year they have already lost four out of the five matches this far.

Punjab Warriors practice on the eve of their Hockey India League match against Mumbai Magicians at the MHA-Mahindra Stadium, Churchgate yesterday. Pic/Suresh KK.

The Mumbai outfit head into a double header at home this weekend, where they first host Jaypee Punjab Warriors at the MHA-Mahindra Stadium today followed by a clash against defending champions Ranchi Rhinos at the same venue tomorrow.

MK Kaushik

Coach MK Kaushik felt it’s high time his boys registered a victory. “Tomorrow’s match against Punjab is crucial and we have to play to win the match. We will try and overcome the areas that we have been lacking in and improve ourselves,” Kaushik said here yesterday.

Warriors, meanwhile, are keen to keep up their fine run in the tournament — they’ve won three out of the five games. “We’ve had a bit of a break after our last game against Uttar Pradesh Wizards. It’ll be a challenge for us to regain the same intensity as we had in the first part of the tournament. But we’ve always done well against the Magicians and we’ll try to keep our good run against them,” said Punjab skipper Jamie Dwyer.