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Warriors exact revenge

Mark Knowles is greeted by teammates after socring Punjab Warriors' second goal agaist Delhi Waveriders on Tuesday. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

Mark Knowles is greeted by teammates after socring Punjab Warriors' second goal agaist Delhi Waveriders on Tuesday. Photo: R.V. Moorthy  

Wayward in attack and porous in defence, the Delhi side was always playing catch up even as Punjab was off attacking early.

Jaypee Punjab Warriors avenged its defeat at home to Delhi Waveriders with a 5-2 victory here on Tuesday even as the team’s fortunes continued to follow a pattern of alternate wins and losses in the fourth edition of the Hockey India League so far.

Wayward in attack and porous in defence, the Delhi side was always playing catch up even as Punjab was off attacking early.

Its first real chance came in the sixth minute when S.V. Sunil made a solo run all along the length of the field but failed to stop in time and lost control inside the striking circle.

Surender Kumar and an alert Vickram Kanth were tested and both did their best to thwart Punjab’s challenge but with at least five Punjab players crowding the opposition 25-yard area at all times, it wasn’t easy. The visitors took the lead through Mark Gleghorne’s penalty corner conversion and a couple of minutes later, Mark Knowles struck in a rebound to double the lead after Jasjit Singh Kular’s PC shot came off the post.

The host tried to claw back but with Man of the Match Sardar Singh and the Australian trio of Matthew Gohdes, Simon Orchard and Mark Knowles forming the midfield link, Punjab staked claim over superiority in possession and ground control.

Another penalty corner in the 22nd minute saw Punjab stretching the lead to 3-0 before Rupinder Pal Singh got one of his own to reduce the arrears. Two minutes later, though, Jake Whetton’s brilliant deflection off a long cross ended all Delhi hopes. Another PC in the 55th minute helped reduce the margin for Delhi but was not enough to earn it one point.

Delhi captain Simon Child also felt aggrieved by two field goals that were disallowed on referral but Punjab’s overall superiority was evident. For Delhi, the biggest find would have to be Surender Kumar in defence.

Despite staying under the radar in the presence of bigger stars, the 22-year old has been the reason for Delhi not conceding more goals that it has so far in the competition. The result put Punjab level on 17 points with Delhi with a game in hand.

The result: Jaypee Punjab Warriors 5 (Jake Whetton 2 FG, Mark Gleghorne PC, Mark Knowles PC, Christopher Chiriello PC) bt Delhi Waveriders 2 (Rupinder Pal Singh 2 PC).

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