Mink van der Weerden scored th lone goal of the match, successfully converting a penalty corner in the 35th minute of the match.
Needing a win and that too by atleast a three-goal margin to be contention, Punjab Warriors scored through Mink van der Weerden’s sixth penalty corner conversion to take the lead but it was not enough to seal their place in the semi-finals.
It was the first in the history of HIL, Punjab Warriors failed to qualify for the last four round.
The win took Punjab Warriors tally to 22 points but UP Wizards and Delhi Waveriders, with 23 points each and still a game in hand, have ensured their places in the semifinals.
Table toppers Dabang Mumbai and Kalinga Lancers are already through to the semi-finals.
UP Wizards (+9 goal difference) and Waveriders (+10 goal difference) also are virtually through to the knockouts as the other team in contention, Ranchi Rays’ have a poor goal difference of -5.
The 2015 champions have 18 points from nine games and they face Delhi here tomorrow.
The defending Champions started the match with positive intent, finding space in the striking circle and attempting a few daring shots at the post but couldn’t quite put the ball past Uttar Pradesh Wizards in-
form goalkeeper PR Sreejesh.