June 17, 2011
India dismantle Malaysia 12 to 5 thus securing a spot in the
semi-finals of the FIP Polo
World Cup - Zone D playoffs being played in Malaysia.
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After an inspiring performance against New Zealand for a
win on Tuesday, Malaysia crumbled against an experienced India
in their second match in the Asia-Australasian-African Polo
Championships at the Royal Pahang Polo Club grounds in Pekan
today with a 12 – 5 defeat.
The defeat sent Malaysia crashing out of contention for a top
four finish and a place in the semi-finals. The champions,
runners-up and the winner of the playoff for third place qualify
go to the World Cup Finals in San Luis, Argentina from Oct
11-25. This tournament also doubles up the Zone D Qualifier for
Malaysia coach Carlos Pando, while giving India credit for their
splendid win, said it was Malaysia's off day against the
"It was not our day today," said the Argentinian. "The big
defeat killed our hopes. This happens in sports and polo is no
exception. India played really well and we have to accept that."
A dejected team manager Ahmad Jamili Rashid said: "The horses
made all the difference. Everyone could see that India had
better horses compared to Malaysia's. India took full advantage
of the situation to beat us."
Both, Malaysia and India, fielded 1 14-goal team each. India,
however, made a change to the team today, resting their No 2
Ravi Rathore (Handicap 3) and instead played Simran Shergill
Malaysia could only manage to score a goal each in the first and
third chukka, two in the fourth and one in the final chukka.
Once again, Huzaini Yunus (4), who scored five against New
Zealand, was the top scorer today with three goals - one each in
the first, third and fourth chukka. Skipper Shaik Reismann and
Tengku Ahmad Shazril were the other scorers.
Skipper Samir Suhag (Handicap 5), a World Cup veteran, was again
India's ace with seven goals, taking his personal tally to 11
goals. Samir, 36, scored a brace each in the third and fifth
chukkas and one each in the first, second and fourth chukka.
Other who got their name into score-sheet for India were Vishal
Chawan (2) and Simran, who netted two each while Tarum Sirohi
(3) scored one.