WSH: Karnataka Lions slump to third straight loss

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Bhopal beat Karnataka 3-1
Bangalore, Mar 6: A brilliant brace by young Karan Laxman Baskaran fashioned a 3-1 victory for Bhopal Badshahs, who defeated hosts Karnataka Lions in their first home match of the World Series Hockey 2012 (WSH) at the KSHA stadium here on Monday.

The action-packed third quarter saw Lions take a lead in the 41st minute through veteran star Dhanraj Pillay, who showed glimpse of his famed stick-work and aggression.

However, Lions suffered severe set-back thereafter as Badshahs came out aggressively not only to equalise but pump in two more goals in the next five minutes.

A brilliant field goal saw Lalit Kumar Upadhyay receive a long ball from the midfield. He was quick in his passes and fast to fall back and defend. He moved into the circle but with two defenders blocking him, he passed the ball back to Waseem Ahmad and the Pakistani star did not waste any time with a quick short pass to his right where a waiting Baskaran slammed in his first goal in the 43rd minute.

Within two minutes, Bhopal earned a short-corner and Baskaran was once again in his elements, scoring with a low strike between rival goalie Chouhan and defender Len Aiyappa to post the lead. Suddenly, the match came to life and a silly mistake in the defence saw Badshahs post another field goal in the 48th minute.

Lions' defender Len Aiyappa fumbled a bit and Lalit Kumar stole the ball just outside the circle and put Sameer Dad in possession who made it 3-1 in favour of Badshahs.

In New Delhi, Pakistan international Syed Imran Warsi scored twice as Chennai Cheetahs notched up a 5-2 victory over hosts Delhi Wizards in their third match at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium on Monday.

Wizards scored through Germany's Philip Sunkel (32nd and 34th minute), but the Cheetahs' Joseph Reardon (35th min), drag-flicker Warsi (47th and 53rd min), Sinclair (55th min) and Sandeep Antil (60th min) helped the team pocket full three points from the outing.

Before this game, both the teams had won and lost a game each.

Today's Matches (March 6)

7.00 pm Chennai Cheetahs vs Mumbai Marines (Chennai)

9.00 pm Karnataka Lions vs Chandigarh Comets (Bangalore)

PTI

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