Oct 12, 2011
India defeated Mexico 11-9 in a close game on day 3 of the
FIP Polo World Cup 2011 being played in San Luis, Argentina.
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India beat 2008 FIP World Cup bronze medallists Mexico 11-9 to
register their first victory in the league match of 2011 World
Cup final . Incidentally this is the first win for India in any
FIP World Cup finals since it was instituted in 1982 . The only
other win for India was in 1996 World Cup final against
Switzerland which had qualified for the World Cup final not on
merit but as the host country. India had lost all its three
games in the 2001 World Cup finals in Australia.
The weather forecast for the day had predicted rain and
thundershowers which came true, it was raining since the morning
with temperature around 12 degrees when the game started it was
windy and cold.
The Mexican team started strong winning the throw in at the
start of the match and put pressure on the Indian side in the
opening minutes of the game , they were quick to get two quick
goals in the first five minutes through Valerio Aguilar to make
the score board read 2-0 in favour of Mexico. Vishal Chauhan was
quick in attack to take on a pass from Tarun Sirohi and run to
goal but he was fouled in the danger area resulting in a 40 yard
penalty which was taken and Scored by Samir Suhag to make the
score 2-1 at end of chukker one for Mexico.
The Mexican team came out on their better horses in the second
chukker playing hard aggressive polo and putting pressure on the
Indians they were successful in getting two quick field goals in
the beginning of the chukker to make it 4-1 , the Indian side
got a field goal scored by Vishal Chauhan on a Tarun Sirohi
promotion but a penalty awarded to Mexico soon thereafter which
was converted by Valerio Aguilar to make the score 5-2 for
Mexico. Ravi Rathore picked up a loose goal and made a solo run
to goal where he was fouled at the goal mouth and penalty was
awarded for India which Samir converted.
The third Chukker saw some fast polo action , both teams were
adequately warmed up in the chilling 10 to 12 degrees windy day
and Mexicans put a lot of pressure on the Indian Back Tarun
Sirohi but could not get past, Tarun made some brilliant saves
for India finding form with his long back hand shots.. Samir
Suhag played a stellar role as a pivot hitting long passes for
the forwards Ravi and Vishal who were both sharp and in good
nick, the pressure on Mexico by both these Indian forwards
pushed them to make mistakes and commit fouls which were all
brilliantly converted by Samir Suhag in the penalties awarded to
India. The score line read 5-6 for Mexico at end of chukker 3.
Mexican player had a fall at the beginning of the fourth chukker
when he was ridden off hard by Indian No 1 Ravi Rathore. Samir
Suhag kept the pressure on with Tarun Closing the backdoor
completely for the Mexicans in the fourth chukker , at the end
of which the score was 6-6 for India, we scored through penalty
converted by Samir Suhag.
Tarun Sirohi made a solo run to goal from a throw in at the
beginning of Chukker 5 but was unlucky not to get a goal as the
ball got deflected and went out after hitting opponents pony,
the forwards Ravi and Vishal kept attacking the mexican goal
getting three penalties all three were converted by Samir to
make the score 9-7 at end of Chukker 5.
The last chukker saw the Mexicans play their best mounting
attacks on the Indian Goals but the Indian back Tarun Sirohi
thwarted most of them, Samir Suhag playing a brilliant game
earned two penalties both were converted by Samir Suhag to end
the game 11-9 for India.
The first half of the match was dominated by Mexico and in the
second half from fourth chukker onwards it kept getting better
and better for India. India defeated by Mexico 11-9.
India: Ravi Rathore 3, Vishal Chauhan 2, Samir Suhag 5 (11
goals), Tarun Sirohi 3: 11
Mexico: Alejandro Gonzalez Keil 1, Pancho Aguilar 4 (2 goals),
Valerio Aguilar 5 (3 goals), Alejandro Gomez de Parada 3 (4
Chukker by Chukker, India: (2-3, 4-5, 5-6, 6-6, 9-7, 11-9).