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Unbeaten Delhi rides on Rupinder brace to breeze past Ranchi Rhinos

Rupinder Pal Singh scored twice as Delhi Waveriders maintained their unbeaten record in the Hero Hockey India League by beating Ranchi Rhinos 5-4 in a thrilling match on Wednesday. Besides Rupinder, Akashdeep Singh, Gurvinder Singh Chandi and Tim Jenniskens scored a goal each for the visitors at the astroturf stadium.

For Rhinos, Ashley Jackson scored twice, while Justin Ross and Mandeep Singh scored a goal each. With this victory, Waveriders took their total points to 22, eight clear of second-placed Uttar Pradesh Wizards.

Delhi Waveriders were quick to get off the blocks, and went ahead in the fifth minute. Gurvinder Singh Chandi hit a strong hit from top of the circle, and Akashdeep Singh deflected the ball in the goal, giving Rhinos goalkeeper no chance. In the 45th minute, they had a penalty corner, and the hit looked like going into the net, before a Waveriders’ defender directed it out with his leg, earning Rhinos a penalty stroke.

Ashley Jackson made no mistake, scoring the first goal off a penalty stroke in this tournament. A minute later, Rupinder scored off a penalty corner to equalise and four minutes later, Gurvinder put Waveriders in the lead. Danish’s hard hit from the quarter-line of Ranchi went to Chandi, who showed superb presence of mind in deflecting the ball into the goal.

Waveriders then got a penalty corner in the 53rd minute, but their attempted variation failed to yield a goal. Four minutes later, the visitors got another penalty corner, and this time they stuck to the basics. Rupinder smacked an absolute bullet, low to the left of Cortes, who had replaced Sushant in the goal in the third quarter, to put Waveriders 4-2 ahead.
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