Habib Metro Lions and Rijas Development/Master Paints carved out contrastive victories in the Shaukat Khanum Pink Polo Cup 2021 matches played JPK-at the Jinnah Polo Fields.

In the first match of the day, Habib Metro Lions outclassed Platinum Homes by 13-2. Farhad Sheikh emerged as top scorer from the winning side as he contributed classic while Ahmed Ali Tiwana cracked a quartet, Mian Abbas Mukhtar banged in a brace and Raffay Sheikh scored one goal.

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From the losing side, Adnan Jalil Azam and Qadeer Ashfaq converted one goal each. Habib Metro Lions were off to a flying start in the match as they fired in fabulous five goals in the first chukker and hammered a hat-trick of goals in the second chukker, where Platinum Homes also made their presence felt and opened their account through a field goal to make it 8-1. Habib Metro Lions added four more goals in their tally in the third chukker while converted one more in the fourth chukker to take a healthy 13-1 lead. In the dying moments of the match, Platinum Homes converted one more to make it 13-2.

Habib Metro Lions’ Farhad Sheikh said: “Our team played well and it was due to collective efforts that we succeeded in first winning the match with a good margin of 10-6 and then more huge margin of 13-2. We will try to play the best polo throughout the week and try to qualify for the main final and also try win it to make our event remarkable.”

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The second match of the day saw Rijas Development/Master Paints beating Diamond Paints by 7-6.5. Lt Col Omer Minhas slammed in four goals from the winning side while Farasat Ali Chatha struck two and Sufi Muhammad Haroon one goal.

From the losing side, which had a half goal handicap advantage, Mumtaz Abbas Niazi smashed in five goals while Hussain Monnoo scored one.