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Punjab edge past Bhopal 3-2 in WSH

Deepak Thakur struck twice as Sher-e-Punjab staved off a good challenge from hosts Bhopal Badhshahs to score a close 3-2 win in their World Series Hockey match here today.

chandigarh Updated: Mar 11, 2012 13:13 IST

Deepak Thakur struck twice as Sher-e-Punjab staved off a good challenge from hosts Bhopal Badhshahs to score a close 3-2 win in their World Series Hockey match here on Saturday.

Both the teams appeared jittery in the first quarter as they struggled to trap passes but as the match progressed, Punjab players found rhythm and went on to dominate the proceedings for most part of the match.

Deepak (17th) put his team ahead in the dying minutes of the first quarter while Samer Dad had scored the second goal of the match, an equaliser for his side in the 23th minute.

Harpreet also scored for Punjab and Deepak then scored his second goal in 45th minute to again give his side lead.

Trailing 1-3 in the fourth and final quarter Lalit (58) brought Bhopal back in the game when a brilliant effort resulted in a field goal. The hosts survived a scare when they faced a penalty corner and managed to save it when only eight minutes were to go in the match.