LAHORE: ASC Polo Team defeated PBG Risala by seven and a half goal to five in the opening match of historical The Lotus Aibak Polo Cup 2020 played at the Lahore Polo Club ground.

Lotus Aibak Polo Cup ’02-Pakistan: Glimpse of Day 1 match between ASC Polo Team and PBG Risala – Courtesy: LPC

The major contribution from the winning side, which had one a half goal handicap advantage, came from Raja Samiullah, Raja Mikael Sami and Eulogio Celestino, as they all contributed with a brace each. PBG Risala also fought well against the winners and matched fire-with-fire till the end, but their efforts were futile in the end.

Dfr Saqib Raheem was key contributor from the losing side with two goals while Nicholas A Recaite, Hamza Mawaz Khan and Lt. Col. Rabnawaz Tiwana scored one goal each. In the highly-charged first chukker, PBG Risala were off to flying start as they thrashed in two back-to-back goals – one each by Nicholas A Recaite and Hamza Mawaz Khan – to have 2-0 edge. ASC then bounced back in great style and slammed in two back-to-back goals – one each by Raja Samiullah and Raja Mikael – to draw the score at 2-all.

In the dying moments of the first chukker, PBG fired in a field goal through Dfr Saqib Raheem to gain a slight 3-2 lead. ASC started the second chukker by converting a field goal through Eulogio Celestino to equalise the score at 3-3. PBG then launched a series of attacks on ASC goal and succeeded in scoring a field goal through Dfr Saqib Raheem to enjoy 4-3 lead again, which could not last long as ASC fired in a fantastic field goal through Raja Mikael to square the things at 4-all. The third chukker proved to be a game-changer as it was fully dominated by ASC team, which banged in a beautiful brace – one each by Raja Samiullah and Eulogio Celestino – to have 6-4 lead. PBG though fired in a field goal in the fourth and last chukker to reduce the deficit to 6-5, yet it was all they could get from the match. When the final whistle was blown, ASC were enjoying a slight 6-5 edge while with one and a half goal handicap advantage, ASC won the opener by 7.5-6.

Nicholas Scortichini and Martin Fewster supervised the match as field umpires while George Meyrick was match referee.


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