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Kalinga Lancers thrash UP Wizards, top HIL table

Bhubaneswar: Kalinga Lancers thrashed Uttar Pradesh Wizards 10-2 in a high-scoring contest to register their second consecutive win and jump to the top of the fourth Hockey India League (HIL), here on Monday.

Australian Glenn Turner (43rd, 47th minutes) scored two while Aran Zalewski (20th), Lalit Upadhyay (45th) and Dharamvir Singh (60th) were the other goal getters for the Lancers.

However, it was UP Wizards who took the lead in the 14th minute when Gonzalo Peillat scored from a penalty stroke.

But Zalewski drew parity for Lancers through a field strike four minutes into the second quarter.

The Lancers then struck three quick field goals in a span of four minutes to take a commanding 8-2 lead.

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Dharamvir then added salt to UP Wizards wounds when he scored from a field effort in the final minute of the match to pocket the encounter convincingly for Lancers.

As per the new goal scoring system, every field goal and penalty stroke goal resulting from a deliberate four is counted as two.

By virtue of this win, Lancers have moved to the top of the standings with 11 points from three games, while UP Wizards are placed fourth with seven points from four outings.

The Lancers will now travel to Ranchi to face defending champions Ranchi Rays on Thursday while the UP Wizards will face Delhi Waveriders on February 1.

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