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Magicians, Rhinos split points

Ranchi: Defending champions Ranchi Rhinos and Mumbai Magicians played out a 1-1 draw at the Birsa Munda Astroturf Stadium in the Hockey India League, here on Tuesday.

Reid Ross Justin drew first blood for Rhinos with a blistering strike off a penalty corner in the 57th minute, while the Mumbai team restored parity five minutes later through Trent Mitton.

The hosts could have shot ahead three minutes before the final hooter, but Jackson Ashley’s penalty stroke was superbly saved by Magicians’ goalkeeper Harte David, who also brought off a couple of extra-ordinary saves during the match.

After the match, Mumbai coach MK Kaushik said: “The guys played well. A little more effort, and we would have won the match.”

In New Delhi, a thrilling contest is on the cards on Wednesday when Delhi Waveriders take on Uttar Pradesh Wizards. Both teams are eyeing a win to jump to the top of the standings.

The match also gives both teams a chance to test each other’s strength, as they are locking horns for the first time in the second edition of the event.

Placed at second position with 17 points from five games, the Waveriders are presently lying ahead of Wizards in the standings.

The Wizards are third in the table with 13 points from four matches. Wednesday’s match is of huge significance for both the Waveriders and the Wizards, as it will give them a chance to climb up in the standings.

If the Waveriders win, they will go above table-toppers Jaypee Punjab Warriors with 21 points in their kitty. Whereas, a victory will propel Wizards to 18 points and ensure a joint top spot with the Warriors.