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We must exploit conditions: Bell

Jaypee Punjab Warriors and Uttar Pradesh Wizards shared two points each after playing a 2-2 draw in the Hero Hockey India League at the Surjit Singh Hockey Stadium, here on Tuesday.

Goals from Shivendra Singh and Malak Singh gave Warriors the lead, but Raghunath got Wizards back on both occasions, converting penalty corners.

The first half was not played at express pace. Both teams started cautiously, and Uttar Pradesh Wizards, in particular, seemed to be conserving energy at the start.

Dharamvir Singh got a good ball inside Wizards D, and just as he tried to beat a defender, Dharamvir tripped him wrongly, earning a penalty stroke.

Warriors did eventually take the lead though, four minutes later.

With wizards playing defensively, Warriors pushed more players forward, and SV Sunil and Gurmail Singh combined well before Shivendra Singh tapped the ball in the net from right in front of the goal-post.

Warriors needed just four minutes to go ahead again. Malak Singh received an overhead pass, when goalkeeper Jaap Stockmann came charging out of his goal-post, and ended up misreading the ball, as Malak rounded him and calmly hit the ball in the empty goal.


Ranchi Rhinos will be banking on home support as they aim to halt the march of league leaders Delhi Waveriders in their second home game of the Hockey India League (HIL) at the Astroturf Hockey Stadium on Wednesday. The Rhinos would need to do a lot given the form Delhi are in.
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