THE SEMI-FINALS OF THE MAHARAJA HARI SINGH MEMORIAL CUP 2018 WAS PACKED WITH TAUT PERFORMANCES. FIND OUT WHO QUALIFIED FOR THE FINALS!
The first semi-final of Maharaja Hari Singh Memorial Cup 2018 saw Aravali Polo and Sahara Warriors in competition. The match started at 2:30 pm at Jaipur Polo Grounds, where the participants from Aravali Polo were, Mr. Raghav Rao(+1), Mr. Kuldeep Singh Rathore(+2), Mr. Angad Kalaan(+3), and Mr. Manuel F Llorente(+6). The Sahara Warriors on the other side was comprised of Vandit Golecha (0), Pranav Kapur (+2), Salim Azmi (+3) and Matthew Perry (+6). Sahara Warriors played in blue while Aravali Polo played in yellow. The umpires of the match were Abhimanyu Pathak and Shamsheer Ali.
The match started on a score of 0.5 – 0 with Sahara Warriors in the lead. Matthew Perry scored the first goal of the match and extended Sahara Warriors lead to 1.5 – 0. Raghav Rao replied back with a quick goal and the score after Raghav Rao’s goal was 1.5 – 1. Angad Kalaan scored a goal for Aravali Polo from 60’ Penalty spot. Matthew Perry scored a penalty to restore Sahara Warriors’ lead. The score was 2.5 – 2. Angad Kalaan scored a penalty 60’ in the last minutes of the game. Aravali Polo Team was leading after the first chukker by 3 – 2.5.
Pranav Kapur opened the scoring in the second chukker. Vandit Golecha scored one just after Pranav’s goal. The score was 4.5 – 2 with Sahara Warriors in the lead. Vandit Golecha scored one more and Sahara Warriors were comfortably leading by 5.5 – 3. Angad Kalaan scored a penalty to help Aravali Polo get back in the game. Raghav Rao scored a goal in the final minutes of the first half. The score after the first half was 5.5 – 5 with Sahara Warriors in the lead.
Matthew Perry scored the only goal of the third chukker. Sahara Warriors were leading by 6.5 – 5 after the third chukker. The fourth chukker opened with a goal from Matthew Perry. Sahara Warriors were leading by 7.5 – 5 after this goal. Angad Kalaan and Raghav Rao scored a goal each. The score was 7.5 – 7 with Sahara Warriors in the lead. The match was getting intense and could go any side. Pranav Kapur scored a goal in the last minutes of the match and made sure Sahara Warriors qualify for the finals. Sahara Warriors won the first semi-final by 8.5 – 7.
Match Progression: Sahara Warriors – Aravali Polo: (2.5-3)/(5.5-5)/(6.5-5)/(8.5-7)
The second semi-final was played between Jindal Panthers and Hyderabad Chaughan at 3:30 pm at Jaipur Polo Ground, Delhi. Jindal Panthers team comprised of Bhawani Singh Kalvi (+2), Simran Singh Shergill (+6), Tom Brodie (+4) and Naveen Jindal (0) while Hyderabad Chaughan had Krishna Inkiya (+1), Hamza Ali (+3), Gaurav Sahgal (+3), Basheer Ali (+5). Jindal Panthers played in blue while Hyderabad Chaughan played in white. The umpires of the match were Nicholas Pepper and
The first chukker was intense and only one goal was scored in the chukker. Simran Singh Shergill scored the only goal of the chukker. Jindal Panther Polo Team was leading after the first chukker by 1 – 0.
The second chukker kicked off with a goal from Basheer Ali. The score was 1 – 1 after Basheer’s goal. Hamza Ali scored the second goal of the chukker. Hyderabad Chaughan were leading by 2 – 1 after Hamza’s goal. Tom Brodie scored an equalizer in the final minutes of the first half. The second chukker ended on a score of 2 – 2.
Simran Singh Shergill scored a 60’ penalty in the opening minutes of the third chukker. Jindal Panthers were leading by 3-2. Gaurav Sahgal scored a goal for Hyderabad Chaughan and levelled the scores. The match was getting intense and exciting. The third chukker ended on a score of 3 – 3.
The fourth chukker started off with a goal from Basheer Ali. Hyderabad Chaughan scored the opener of the fourth chukker. Hyderabad Chaughan were leading by 4 – 3 after Basheer’s goal. Bhawani scored a goal for Jindal Panther to level the scores. The score was 4 – 4 until Bhawani scored one more in the closing minutes to help Jindal Panther win the match and qualify for the finals. Jindal Panther won by 5 – 4.
Match progression: Jindal Panther – Hyderabad Chaughan: (1-0)/(2-2)/(3-3)/(5-4)
The finals of the Maharaja Hari Singh Memorial Cup will be played tomorrow between Jindal Panther and Sahara Warriors at Jaipur Polo Grounds, Delhi.