Star striker Deepak Thakur and Prabhjot Singh helped home side Sher-e-Punjab build a comfortable lead but were forced to settle for a 3-3 draw with the hitherto undefeated Pune Strykers in the World Series Hockey at Olympian Surjit Hockey stadium here on Sunday.
Tornado striker Deepak Thakur was and still is a cynosure of all eyes on his home ground, giving finishing touches to the early onslaught of Shers but young Bikas Toppo too emulated his senior in coming with a similar brace of goals late in the play time.
Deepak, who seemed to miss some easy opportunities in the beginning, recovered quickly to put Shers in an unassailable position with two sharp goals in the third minute of the first quarter and then two minutes before the second.
Prabhjot Singh, besides setting up Deepak, struck once in the first minute of fourth quarter.
The first two of Deepak's goals came amidst panic in Pune defence that unsettled the latter team that entered the Jalandhar field against the backdrop of wins in the previous two tight matches.