Mohali: Debutants Kalinga Lancers dished out a spirited performance to hold second-placed Punjab Warriors to a 3-3 draw to salvage two points from a hard-fought match of the second edition of Hero Hockey India League (HIL), here, on Tuesday.
Both the teams started cautiously as they seemed in no mood to give initial openings to the other.
Kalinga Lancers stunned the home team and surged ahead in the 10th minute when Gagandeep Singh scored a field goal to the left of the Warriors goalkeeper Bharat Chetri after getting a feed from the right flank.
Warriors, however, did not sit back and pressed hard in search of the equaliser and in the process earned two penalty corners in succession, the second of which was converted by Australian Christopher Ciriello in the 18th minute to level the scores.
Warriors secured another penalty corner at the start of the second quarter but drag-flicker Sandeep Singh’s try went wide.
Jake Whetton (22nd minute) scored from close range after Lancers custodian Harjot Singh saved the first attempt to help Warriors take the lead for the first time in the match. Lancers pumped in two field goals in the second and third quarter respectively to yet again stun the home team for the second time in the game.