Pankaj Advani enters semis of World Snooker Championship, assures India a medal
Fifteen-time world champion Pankaj Advani on Monday entered the semifinals of the IBSF World Snooker Championship to assure India a medal.
Doha: Fifteen-time world champion Pankaj Advani on Monday entered the semifinals of the IBSF World Snooker Championship to assure India a medal.
Advani defeated Thailand's Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon 6-5 in an exciting quarterfinal duel to guarantee India a medal in the men's tournament.
Early on, the Indian ace was in complete control of the proceedings taking a 5-3 lead in the the best of 11 match.
With Advani needing just one more frame to seal the affair, the Thai made a strong comeback with some fine potting.
Tirapongpaiboon put Advani under tremendous pressure by winning the next two frames and taking the game into the decider.
The final frame witnessed a neck-and-neck fight and eventually it all came down to the last black ball and Advani kept his cool to enter the semifinals.
Advani will now face Andrew Pagett of Wales in the semifinal which will be played later on Monday.
Earlier defending his 2015 title, Advani stayed on course with identical victories in the last-32 and pre-quarterfinal matches. The ace cueist overcame Pakistan's Babar Masih and then Keen Hoo Moh of Malaysia with 5-3 scorelines. The last-16 tie against the Malaysian included a stunning 126 break by Advani.
Advani is the sole men's player remaining from India.
Last 32: Pankaj Advani (India) defeated Babar Masih (Pakistan) 5-3 68-22, 51-72, 67(54)-74, 95-19, 7-113(68), 83-1, 75(61)-17, 84-19.
Pre-quarterfinal: Pankaj Advani beat Keen Hoo Moh (Malaysia) 5-3 13-63, 100(68)-20, 133(126)-7, 34-72, 44-76, 83-20, 49-45, 70-43.
Quarterfinal: Pankaj Advani beat Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon 6-5 6-5: 65-35, 64(54)-75(53), 5-113(109), 75-0, 120(89)-15, 76(68)-20, 61(42)-64(45), 98(97)-0, 49(41)-74(74), 0-120(120), 56-45.
Chasing down the Stars' 99 for one in a match shortened to 11 overs a side due to rain, the Sixers lost Indian opener Shafali Verma for eight before Healy took charge at Blundstone Arena in Hobart.
Das, 21, reported to the national camp at the National Institute of Sport (NIS) in Patiala recently.
The winner of Qualifier 2 will take on Chennai Super Kings in the title clash on 15 October.