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Waveriders face in-form Punjab Warriors

An ever-improving Jaypee Punjab Warriors would be hoping to put a stop to table toppers Delhi Waveriders’ unbeaten run when they clash against each other in a round-robin match of the Hockey India League at the Major Dhyanchand Stadium on Tuesday.

Led by the inspirational Sardar Singh, the Waveriders are going through a dream run in the inaugural HIL, having won five out of their six games.

The Delhi side is atop the points table with 27 points, five clear of second-placed Ranchi Rhinos.

Warriors would be hoping to end Waveriders’ fairytale, and avenge upon their 1-2 defeat against the same opponent at the same venue in the opening match of the event.

But to achieve that, the Warriors will have to play out of their skin against a side, which will be pumped up in front of a vociferous home crowd. Of late, the Warriors returned to winning ways after a difficult start to their campaign, and they would be hoping to continue in the same breath.

The Warriors played some aggressive hockey to beat Dabur Mumbai Magicians and Uttar Predesh Wizards in their last two games to move up the ladder.

A win tomorrow will not only help the Warriors in settling scores against the Waveriders, it will also propel the Punjab team to the second spot in the points table. Poor penalty corner conversion rate remains a prime concern for Delhi coach A K Bansal. ‘The boys are playing well from the start and it is showing in our game. But there are few concerns. We are not being able to earn penalty corners which is a concern.’


HIL WINNERS TO GET RS.2.5 CRORE


The winners of the inaugural Hockey India League (HIL) will win a grand prize of Rs.2.5 crore along with a trophy while the runners-up will collect a sum of Rs.1.25 crore. The team finishing in the third place will win Rs.75 Lakh. Making the announcement here on Monday, HIL chairman Narinder Batra said that the Player of the Tournament will receive Rs.25 Lakh and a trophy. The Upcoming Player of the Tournament will receive the Ponty Chadha Trophy and Rs.20 Lakh while the team scoring the highest number of goals in the league stage gets the Airtel Award of Rs.10 Lakh and a trophy. The team getting the least number of green, yellow and red cards will get the Fair Play Trophy.


RANCHI RHINOS TRUMP MAGICIANS

Mumbai Magicians’ chances of making it to the top four of the Hero Hockey India League suffered another blow on Monday, as they went down 1-2 to Ranchi Rhinos in an away game at the Astroturf Stadium in Ranchi. Goals from Ashley Jackson and Mandeep Singh were good enough to put Rhinos on level terms with Delhi Waveriders with 27 points.
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