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Magicians win

Lucknow: They might have struggled for most part of the tournament but Mumbai Magicians drew curtains to their campaign in the second edition of the Hero Hockey India League (HIL) in style, defeating Uttar Pradesh Wizards 3-2 to register their second consecutive win, here, on Wednesday.

It was the Magicians’ second victory in the tournament this year after having defeated debutants Kalinga Lancers 3-2 in their previous match.

The Wizards drew the first blood in the 22nd minute through lanky striker Nithin Thimmaiah who scored a field goal. But the Magicians made a remarkable comeback and pumped in three goals to stun the hosts.

Gurjinder Singh levelled the scores for Magicians by converting a penalty corner in the 31st minute before veteran Prabhjot Singh (56th minute) and captain Glenn Turner scored from field efforts within a span of six minutes to take a sizeable lead.

The Wizards, however, reduced the margin of defeat a minute later when skipper VR Raghunath made use of a penalty corner.

By virtue of this win, the Magicians pocketed five points, finishing fifth.

(PTI)