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Brave Rhinos go down fighting
- Starlet adds to sizzle of cliffhanger match

A packed astroturf stadium in Morabadi on Wednesday evening only emphasised the punch line of Ranchi Rhinos — Nas nas mein hockey — as the home team lost their second HIL match in the state capital against Delhi Waveriders in a nail-biting finish of 5-4.

The match began a tad late at 8.15pm, with both teams stepping up attack from the very beginning. The Rhinos charged ahead, but their attempt to score a goal in the fourth minute did not yield.

However, the equation changed soon and Waveriders’ Akash Deep Singh, getting a direct hit from a fellow player, managed to convert the ball into a goal in the seventh minute. The equaliser from the home boys came in the 13th minute and from South African recruit J.R. Ross.

Later on, the Rhinos and the Waveriders dominated the ground by turns, but the final tally went in favour of the Delhi team.

The thrilling tie was, however, preceded by little chaos when model-turned-actress Zarine Khan failed to take centre stage at 6pm. The organisers propped up an unnamed artiste to perform for the audience at 6.30pm, only fraying nerves further.

Finally, just 10 minutes before the match, the pretty lady turned up to perform a short, but scintillating, dance on the Bollywood item number Anarkali, disco chali from the film Housefull 2.

Both the Rhinos and the Waveriders have played four league matches so far and Delhi has managed to win all, while Ranchi has lost two, one to Uttar Pradesh Wizards, who they will play again on Thursday. The match begins at 6pm.

Singer Meiyang Chang is expected to pep up the crowd.