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Wizards manage to hold Marines

Vikramjit Singh’s drag-flick minutes before time ensured a 2-2 draw for Delhi Wizards against Mumbai Marines in the World Series Hockey match at the MHA-Mahindra Stadium

Written by Devendra Pandey | Mumbai |
March 12, 2012 1:23:19 am

Vikramjit Singh’s drag-flick minutes before time ensured a 2-2 draw for Delhi Wizards against Mumbai Marines in the World Series Hockey match at the MHA-Mahindra Stadium on Sunday.

Though Marines dominated most of the play,it was Vikramjit’s accuracy with penalty corners that eventually made the difference for the visitors. Wizards,who had a new skipper in Pakistan’s Shakeel Abbasi,got the lead in the eleventh minute when Vikramjit’s drag-flick dodged the rushers and the goalkeeper. Marines,who looked disjointed in the first quarter,tightened up their mid-field passing and created chances but their forwards failed to convert.

Joga Singh,who had impressed by his attacking style so far,found it tough to maintain consistency in creating chances upfront,while Australian forward Troy Sutherland didn’t have an impressive day either.

Marines earned a penalty corner in the 25th minute and Devinder Walmiki struck home that left Wizards’ goalkeeper Mrinal Choubey helpless. The equaliser got Marines the momentum they needed,and they put pressure on Wizards’ defence and soon went ahead when Anup Anthony passed to Sandeep Michael,who deflected it on the board before Vikramjit stole the limelight with his late hit for Wizards.

Chandigarh Comets win 3-1

In another game,Chandigarh Comets notched up a 3-1 victory over hosts Pune Strykers. Chandigarh scored through Sukwinder Singh Gabbar,Gurjinder Singh and Llyod Stephenson after Mario Almada had put Pune ahead in the 11th minute.

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