Pune: Delhi Wizards got their campaign back on track by thrashing Pune Strykers 5-2 in a 12th round match of the World Series Hockey tournament here on Monday.
Wizards now have 16 points from 12 games while Strykers remain on 15.
However, it was the home team that surged ahead in the second minute when Mario Nicolas Almada scored off the melee for the Pune Strykers. However Upendra Pillay equalised for the Wizards in the 14th minute of the first quarter when he dived in front of Strykers goalie to dab the ball in.
Having equalised, Wizards came out all guns blazing in the second half with their skipper Shakeel Abbasi scoring a spectacular goal to give his team the lead.
The former Pakistan international dived to deflect a powerful cross from the flank by Philip Sunkel that caught the Strykers custodian unawares in the fourth minute of the second quarter.
Vikramjeet Singh converted a drag-flick in the 28th minute to make it 3-1. The Wizards then went on to add a fourth goal through Victo Singh in the 32nd minute.
Drag-flicker Vikramjeet made it 5-1 with another perfect conversion in the 38th minute, before Bikash Toppo pulled one back for Pune via a penalty stroke.