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Walmiki to Waveriders’ rescue

New Delhi: Yuvraj Walmiki is proving to be Delhi Waveriders’ trump card on home turf in the Hockey India League (HIL). On Thursday, at the Dhyan Chand Stadium, the young striker, yet again, struck an opportunistic goal as the hosts overcame Mumbai Magicians 2-1.

On Wednesday, Walmiki came to Delhi’s rescue against Uttar Pradesh Wizards, scoring the only goal in the 1-1 draw.

Once again, the match turned exciting in the last two quarters. Leading by an Akashdeep Singh goal, Delhi suffered a jolt when Australian striker Glenn Turner brought Mumbai back in the match in the third quarter. Walmiki, however, saved the day for Delhi when he outwitted his marker to flick the ball from an acute angle during the closing stages.

Apart from Walmiki, Delhi goalkeeper Nicolas Jacobi also deserves credit. He has been rock solid under the bar for the Delhi team. Against Mumbai, the German star once again proved why he was regarded among the world’s best.

He made at least three spectacular saves and was rightly adjudged the Man of the Match. The hosts are now firmly placed on the top of the six-team table with 24 points. Mumbai are yet to win a match in this edition of the tournament and are placed at the bottom of the table with six points.

In the previous tie, Delhi coach Cedric D’Souza was left fuming after Wizards forced a draw with a late goal. However, on Thursday, the former India coach sounded happy with the team’s performance.