Indian polo | Bhopal Pataudi
20th October 2018 | Delhi,India
he Bhopal Pataudi Cup saw some nail-biting semi-final action today. Today’s matches played between the semi-final qualified teams got tough powered by a zeal to enter the finals.
The fourth day of Bhopal-Pataudi Cup 2018 called for the semi-finals of the tournament. After the tournament witnessed a competitive spirit for three days among all the participant teams, it was time to fight the battle for the entry in the finals.
The semi-finals took place today, that is, 20th October 2018 at Jaipur Polo Ground, New Delhi. The first match of the day took place at 2:00 pm between LA Pegasus Polo-Titans and Sona Polo, while the second match was played at 3:00 pm between Jindal Panther and Rajnigandha Achievers.
The participant players for the semi-finals were:
LA Pegasus Polo-Titans VS Sona Polo
The first semi-final was played between LA Pegasus Polo-Titans and Sona Polo team. The match started at 2:30pm at the Jaipur Polo Grounds. Sona Polo were awarded a 0.5 points as they were playing with a +7 handicap. The match was off to a flying start with Bhawani Kalvi’s goal. Samir Suhag scored twice to help LA Pegasus Polo Titans get back in the game. The first chukker ended with LA Pegasus leading the match by 2 - 1.5.
The second chukker opened with a goal from Kuldeep Singh Rathore for the Sona Polo team. The score after Kuldeep Singh Rathore’s goal was 2 - 2.5 with Sona Polo in the lead. Siddhant Sharma scored twice for LA Pegasus Polo Titans. The score after Siddhant Sharma’s goals was 4 - 2.5 with LA Pegasus Polo Titans in the lead. Hurr Ali scored one more for LA Pegasus Polo Titans. Abhimanyu Pathak scored in the last minutes of the first half to help Sona Polo get back in the game. LA Pegasus Polo Titans were leading after the first half by 5 - 3.5.
Bhawani Kalvi scored a goal in the opening minutes of the third chukker. LA Pegasus Polo Titans couldn’t score in the third chukker. Abhimanyu Pathak scored thrice in the third chukker to help Sona Polo get in the front. Sona Polo were comfortably leading by 7.5 - 5 after the third chukker.
The fourth chukker was quite intense and exciting. LA Pegasus Polo Titans were losing. Siddhant Sharma scored twice for LA Pegasus Polo titans in the last chukker. The score after Siddhant Sharma’s goals was 7.5 - 7. Sona Polo won the match by a 0.5 goal margin. Sona Polo became the first finalists of the Bhopal Pataudi Cup 2018.
Jindal Panther VS Rajnigandha Achievers
The second semi-final of the day was played between Jindal Panther Polo team and Rajnigandha Achievers Polo team. The match took place at 3:30 pm at the Jaipur Polo Ground. Matthew Perry opened the scoring for Rajnigandha Achievers. Sep Ravindra scored just after Matthew Philip Perry’s goal. Rajnigandha Achievers were leading by 2.5 - 0 when Tom Brodie scored the first goal for Jindal Panthers. The first chukker ended with Rajnigandha Achievers in the lead by 2.5 - 1.
Tom Brodie scored the opening goal of the second chukker. The score after Tom Brodie’s goal was 2.5 - 2 with Rajnigandha Achievers. Salim Azmi scored for Rajnigandha Achievers just after Tom Brodie’s goal. Tom Brodie and Simran Shergill scored a goal each in the closing minutes of the first half to help Jindal Panther get in the front. The second chukker came to an end after Simran’s goal. Jindal Panthers were winning after the first half by 4 - 3.5.
Tom Brodie opened the scoring in the third chukker. The score after Tom Brodie’s goal was 5 - 3.5. Vandit Golecha replied back with a goal. Jindal Panthers were leading the match after the third chukker by 5 - 4.5.
Kartikey Singh replaced Naveen Jindal before the fourth chukker started. Simran Singh Shergill scored a fabulous goal in the opening minutes of the last chukker. Matthew Perry scored a stunner just after Simran Singh Shergill’s goal. Jindal Panthers extended their lead with Simran Singh Shergill’s second goal of the chukker but Matthew Perry scored again to bring the game back to a 0.5 goal margin. Rajnigandha Achievers were awarded a penalty in the last minutes of the game. Matthew Perry missed the penalty in the closing minutes of the game. Jindal Panthers qualified for the finals because of Matthew’s miss. Jindal Panthers won the match by 7 - 6.5
The finals of the Bhopal Pataudi Cup will be played between Jindal Panthers and Sona Polo tomorrow at 3:00pm at the Jaipur Polo Ground.