Lt-Gen Shah Rafi Alam Memorial Polo Cup: Day 3

LAHORE: Samba Bank and D Polo qualified for the subsidiary final of the Lt-Gen Shah Rafi Alam Memorial Polo Cup 2020 after registering victories in their respective matches played here at Lahore Polo Club ground on Thursday.

The match between D Polo and Guard Group/Platinum Homes proved to be a nail-biting one and after a tough battle, D Polo emerged as winners by a narrow-margin of 7-6. Abdul Rehman Monnoo emerged as top scorer from the winning side as by hammering a hat-trick while Ahmed Ali Tiwana struck a brace and Lt Col Omer Minhas and Daniyal Sheikh scored one goal each. From the losing side, Taimur Ali Malik was top scorer with three goals while Amirreza Behboudi struck a brace and Ahmed Bilal Riaz scored one goal.

D Polo started the match well and thrashed in two back-to-back goals to gain 2-0 lead but Guard Group/Platinum Homes bounced back well and hammered a hat-trick of goals to get back 3-2 lead. The second chukker saw D Polo making a good comeback by thrashing three goals against one by Guard Group to make 5-4.

The third and fourth chukkers were evenly poised as both the teams converted one goal each, thus D Polo won the thriller by 7-6.

In the match played under American system among Samba Bank, Remount and Imperial Holdings, Samba Bank emerged as winners by winning both of their two-chukker match against their respective opponents. In the first two-chukker match, Samba Bank outclassed Imperial Holdings by 8-1 and then outsmarted Remount by 3-1. In  3rd 2-chukker match, Remount outpaced Imperial Holdings by 7-1. – APP