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Waveriders held 2-2 in battle of equals

A spirited Ranchi Rhinos held leaders Delhi Waveriders 2-2 at Dhyan Chand National stadium on Wednesday. An own goal from Rhinos and some good defending by both teams summed up an interesting evening. It was a fitting result for both teams who remain in top two positions in HIL standings. Delhi have 34 points from eight games, Ranchi 29 points from same number of mathces. Delhi’s goalkeeper Jacobi Nicholas, who made 10 fine saves, was adjudged man of the match.

The match started on a promising note as both teams were looking to press hard in the midfield. Delhi skipper Sardar Singh was in great form, unsettling Rhino’s defence with accurate passes. A rare possession loss by Delhi’s defender Rupinder Pal Singh saw a good shot on goal by Nick Wilson which was saved by Jacobi. Delhi looked a bit unnerved in defence as Rhinos created problems thereafter. Rhinos got the first break on the 14th minute when Ashley Jackson gave a superb pass to Justin Reid Ross who shot past Jacobi. Delhi started the second quarter on a better note, making some good build ups inside Rhinos’s box but their defensive tactics proved tough for Delhi. But minutes later Delhi equalised when Matt Ghodes took a hit which deflected off  the foot of Bosco Perez inside the goal. Delhi gained lead on 53rd minute when Yuvraj Valmiki scored from a quick touch with the momentum swingong to the hosts’ favour. But eight minutes later Floris Evers got into the act for Rhinos, scoring from  a pass from Vikas Chowdhary.
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