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Victory for Rhinos

Calcutta: Late strikes from Nick Wilson (67th minute) and Ashley Jackson (69th) helped Ranchi Rhinos beat Uttar Pradesh Wizards 3-1 in a Hockey India League match at the Astroturf Hockey stadium in Ranchi, on Thursday.

Captain Moritz Fuerste (27th) opened the account for the Rhinos from a lucky break as he managed to get a faintest of touch from Birendra Lakra’s hopeful hit towards the Wizards goal from the 25-yard line.

The hosts wasted six penalty corners in the first three quarters. They were made to pay for the lost opportunities when Wizards’ Luke Doerner converted a penalty corner in the dying minutes of the third quarter to level the score.

Both teams were guilty of not showing the precision required to score goals till Wilson beat the Wizards' custodian with a reverse hit from the left flank just three minutes from the final hooter. Jackson then converted a penalty stroke in the dying moments of the game to complete the score line 3-1.

In another match in Jalandhar, Mumbai Magicians’ woeful run continued as they suffered their fifth straight defeat in the tournament after losing 3-4 to Jaypee Punjab Warriors.