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 at Lahore Polo Club ground.
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 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 the third two-chukker match, Remount outpaced Imperial Holdings by 7-1.
On Friday, 20th November, 2020 two matches will be contested as Master Paints will play against Price Meter.PK at 2:00 pm while Diamond Paints/FG Polo will compete against Barry’s at 3:00 pm. The winners of these two semifinals will make their way to the main final.