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Wilson nets a brace

Mohali: Australia’s Jason Wilson scored a brace as last year’s runners-up Delhi Waveriders defeated hosts Punjab Warriors 3-1 in the opening contest of the second edition of the Hero Hockey India League, here on Saturday.

The Delhi side took the lead in the 29th minute through young striker Talwinder Singh’s field goal from the top of the opposition circle to stun the large number of home crowd present at the newly-built International Hockey Stadium.

But Waveriders’ joy was shortlived as Affan Yousuf equalised for the Warriors four minutes later, by scoring from a goal-mouth melee. Wilson restored Delhi’s lead in the 47th minute with a strike from close range, after he was set up by Akashdeep Singh.

Punjab Warriors got a penalty corner but their star drag-flicker was off the target. The home side then pressed hard for the equaliser but the Waveriders defended stoutly to thwart any danger to their goal.

The Waveriders sealed the contest in their favour when Wilson scored his second goal of the day just two minutes from the final hooter. They next travel to Ranchi where they will face holders Ranchi Rhinos on Monday, while Punjab Warriors will host Mumbai Magicians at the same venue on Sunday. (PTI)