Jalandhar: Jaypee Punjab Warriors and Uttar Pradesh Wizards played a 2-2 draw in the Hockey India League at the Surjit Singh Hockey Stadium, here on Tuesday.
Goals from Shivendra Singh and Malak Singh gave Warriors the lead, but drag-flick specialist and Wizards captain Raghunath got a brace. 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.
The first meaningful move of the first quarter came from Jaypee Punjab Warriors in the eighth minute. 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 for the Warriors.
Australian Mark Knowles missed a good opportunity to put the hosts ahead, as his penalty stroke struck the right post. Warriors did eventually take the lead though, four minutes later.
With Wizards playing defensively, Warriors pushed more players forward. Warriors continued to dominate the play after that, before, against the run of play, Wizards’ earned a penalty corner in the 24th minute. Raghunath was spot on with his drag flick, giving Stockmann no chance to stop the ball.