After losing two matches at home, the Punjab Warriors were eager to register a win. But they had to be content with a draw against the UP Wizards in the Hockey India League at the Surjit Hockey Stadium on Tuesday.
Upbeat after their first win against the Mumbai Magicians, the Warriors went on the attack from the word go and sounded the board in the 12th minute of the first quarter when Shivendra Singh scored a field goal. The Wizards equalised through skipper Raghunagh Vokkaliga, who converted a penalty corner. Riding on the home support, Malak Singh displayed excellent stick work to score a field goal in the 28th minute (2-1). The lead did not last long as Raghunath converted a penalty corner. The Wizards earned four penalty corners but could convert only two while the Warriors wasted a penalty corner. Later, Warriors' captain Jamie Dyer said, "I am disappointed since I did hope we would win. But I am happy with our performance and feel that we are surely coming together as a team and improving after every match.
The Wizards will play their next home match against the Ranchi Rhinos at the Dhyan Chand Stadium on Saturday.