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Indian Sports highlights, February 12: Punjab shock Kerala Blasters; Indian women lose to China in FIH Pro League

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Here at the ESPN daily blog, we bring you all the news from the dynamic world of Indian sports: a one-stop shop for everything to do with the wide variety of Olympic sports and franchise leagues.

February has plenty of prominent events taking place – which you can find listed out in ESPN India’s sporting calendar.

Here are the key updates from Monday, February 12:

PKL: Jaipur thrash listless UP Yoddhas; Bengal Warriors stay alive

The already qualified Jaipur Pink Panthers handed out a lesson to UP Yoddhas, as they won 67-30 to claim their 14th win of the season, and, at least temporarily, go back on top of the PKL S10 standings.

In the second game of the day in Kolkata, the hosts Bengal Warriors kept their hopes of qualifying for the playoffs alive, with a 46-34 win over U Mumba. With 54 points from 20 games this season, Warriors are currently six points behind sixth-placed Haryana Steelers, who have two games in hand. If the Steelers and Patna Pirates win one more game each, then the Warriors will be knocked out.

FIH Women’s Pro League: India lose 2-1 to China

The Indian women suffered another setback in the FIH Pro League, as they went down 2-1 to China at the Birsa Munda International Stadium in Rourkela. India, in fact, took the lead through Sangita Kumari, after excelletn work from Vandana Katariya. But the Chinese went about their task of hauling India back with diligence, and turned the game around. Once again, India were found woefully short with their conversions from penalty corners, which has been a massive shortcoming for this team for a while now. This was the Indians’ fourth loss in five Pro League games this campaign.

ISL: Punjab FC stun Kerala Blasters

Kerala Blasters dip in form since the Super Cup continued as they lost 3-1 at home to Punjab FC in the ISL on Monday. The Blasters took the lead late in the first through Milos Drincic, but they were pegged back almost immediately by Wilmar Jordan Gil, who added a second in the 61st minute to give Punjab the lead. Captain Luka Majcen put the exclamation mark on the win late on with a penalty, that gave Punjab their first away win of the season, and their second consecutive 3-1 victory following last weekend’s win over Bengaluru FC at home.

What happened yesterday?

  • FIH Pro League: Harmanpreet stunner forces draw against Netherlands; India win shootout bonus point

  • Strandja Memorial boxing: Amit Panghal, Sachin clinch gold; Nikhat Zareen takes silver

  • PKL: Puneri Paltan and Gujarat Giants win big; Giants seal PKL playoff place

  • ISL: Jamshedpur – Bengaluru share spoils

  • Tennis: Sumit Nagal wins Chennai Open, enters ATP top 100 rankings

You can check all the details of yesterday’s news events here

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