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Magicians look for their first victory against Warriors

Having lost their all four league matches, Mumbai Magicians faces a do-or-die battle as they prepare to take on Punjab Warriors in their fifth encounter of HIL at Surjit Singh stadium on Thursday. The Ric Charlesworth-coached side has failed to open their account and desperately seek inspiration from whichever quarter they can, to turn around their fortune in the league.

Failing to settle down quickly, the team exposed its defensive frailties to the opposition which they exploited to their best. The team lost the final stretch of their encounter against Delhi Waveriders as they went down 4-6 after leading the game 4-3, with their defence completely at loss once the opposition stepped up the pace of their attack. However, the return of ace penalty corner specialist Sandeep Singh is the area where the Magicians can take solace.

The former India skipper was in his element against the Waveriders and scored a hat-trick to partially redeem him after having missed a penalty stroke against the same opponent in their opening match of the tournament in Delhi. They suffered similar reversal on their home turf as Punjab took advantage of Mumbai’s failure to maintain their composure, scoring first victory after three straight loses. In their last encounter, the Warriors were held to a draw by Uttar Pradesh Wizards and they would need to regain their scoring touch in order to keep the Magicians at bay.
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