New Delhi: Delhi Waveriders continued their winning momentum as they overcame a spirited challenge from Mumbai Magicians to prevail 2-1 in their second match of the Hockey India League on Wednesday.
Rupinder Pal Singh (26th minute) and Norris Jones (49th) scored for Delhi while Sandeep Singh sounded the board for Mumbai in the 50th minute.
Mumbai could have easily earned themselves a draw had Sandeep not let go a golden opportunity in the dying minutes of the match at the Major Dhyanchand Stadium.
In the 69th minute, Mumbai's persistence paid off when Glenn Turner earned them a penalty corner. Sandeep took the penalty stroke in the 70th minute but his flick was carried very close to the goal line. Umpire Grime Murray of Australia checked with his colleague, India's Javed Shaikh and ruled against the Mumbai team.
There was a huge confusion as the ball hit the vertical and then got deflected by the other bar. Sandeep protested but the umpire said 'no-goal', much to the delight of the home team fans.
Earlier, Delhi made numerous inroads into Mumbai's citadel in the first quarter, but their experienced goalkeeper, P R Sreejesh thwarted all attempts with his resolute defence.
Delhi's New Zealand striker, Simon Child made the first move in the second minute of the game when he got a clear pass from Sardar Singh, but fullback Liam De Yound of Mumbai gave him no chance to take the shot.
Both sides resorted to some attacking brand of hockey as the match progressed on a fast note. Most of the Delhi attacks emanated from the right side as Mumbai relied on occasional counter attacks.
The hosts adopted their last match's style: aggression from the word go, but could not finish as expected with Sandeep Singh and Glenn Turner leading the Mumbai charge.


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