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Warriors have it easy

Mumbai: Punjab Warriors defeated Mumbai Magicians 3-1 in a Hockey India League match at the MHA Mahindra Stadium here on Thursday.

In a fast-paced encounter, the Warriors — who had beaten the Magicians 4-2 in their first leg clash at this venue and then 4-3 in the second meeting at home — displayed wonderful skills both in attack and defence to emerge deserving winners.

Dharamvir Singh (7th minute), Robert Hammond (22nd) and Malak Singh (52nd) scored for Warriors while the lone goal for the Magicians was notched by Jonny Jasrotia.

The ninth-round victory put Punjab on 25 points, still third in the table behind leaders Delhi Waveriders (34 points from 8 games) and Ranchi Rhinos (29 from 8) while their eighth defeat from nine encounters had the Magicians on 13.

For the Warriors, star forwards SV Sunil and captain Jamie Dwyer combined very well up front.