Radzi`s incredible goal gives Karnataka win over Pune

Bangalore: A magical goal from the stick of Mohammed Radzi in the dying moments handed Karnataka Lions a stunning 3-2 win over Pune Strykers and lifted them to sixth position in the points table in World Series Hockey, on Wednesday.

Just three minutes into the hooter a hit from the middle of the pitch went straight into the Pune goalpost with a slight touch from the stick of Radzi.

Karnataka, who were at the bottom before this match with nine points, now have 12, equal with Pune, but placed ahead of them.

Mumbai Marines, who lost early today, have been pushed to eighth position.

It was Ravipal Singh (9th), who put Karnataka ahead and then Len Aiyappa (12th) doubled the lead by converting the penalty corner.

Just a minute before the end of first quarter, Nikkin Thimmaiah (16th) struck to help Pune reduce the lead margin. The second quarter proved good for the visitors as Bikash Topo (29th) brought them to level terms when he struck off a rebound during a penalty corner conversion attempt by his side.

The third quarter was barren. And the incredible goal from Radzi (67th minute) came in the fourth quarter.