VR Ragunath's hat-trick helps UP Wizards beat Mumbai Magicians 5-3 in Hockey India League

Updated: 29 January 2014 23:17 IST

Captain VR Ragunath scored in the 28th, 41st and 56th minutes from the penalty corners to secure the second win for his team in the league.

Mumbai:

Captain VR Raghunath scored a hat-trick as Uttar Pradesh Wizards came from a two-goal deficit to thrash Mumbai Magicians 5-3 in the second edition of the Hero Hockey India League (HHIL).


Raghunath scored in the 28th, 41st and 56th minutes from the penalty corners to secure the second win for his team in the league.

It was the hosts who took the lead in the 12th minute through their star drag-flicker Gurjinder Singh, who converted the penalty corner with ease.

Uttar Pradesh Wizards got a golden opportunity to equalise a few minutes later when the ball appeared to touch the defender's foot and they earned a penalty stroke but they couldn't utilise the chance as Luke Doerner failed to sound the board.

The Australian defender flicked it high on the left side but it was brilliantly stopped by Mumbai goalkeeper David Harte.

Mumbai captain Glenn Turner (18th minute) later scored off a rebound after a failed target to increase the lead to 2-0.

The Wizards were unable to convert most of their penalty corners and in the 25th minute Raghunath was denied a chance by Vikas Pillay, who brilliantly deflected it away.

Topics : Hockey
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