Asian Team Snooker C’ship: India settles for silver

Goes down to Pakistan 3-2 in the final.

File Photo: Malkeet Singh defeated Muhammad Asif but lost to Babar Masih.   -  G. P. Sampath Kumar

India settled for the silver medal at the Asian Team Snooker Championship with a 3-2 loss to Pakistan in the final.

Pakistan’s Babar Masih ensured a fluent 81-break to win the first frame against Pankaj Advani, before Malkeet Singh restored parity with a 52-break win over Muhammad Asif. The doubles was the turning point when Asif played out of his skin to pull back a 62-point deficit and allow his partner Masih to wrap up the frame 72-70.

Friday's report: India beats Pakistan-2 to enter final

Pushed on the back foot, Pankaj displayed fine potting to craft a frame-winning 68-break. It was then again left to Malkeet to save the day for India, but he could not on this occasion.

The scores — Pakistan-1 beat India 3-2
  • Pankaj Advani lost to Babar Masih 2-110 (81).
  • Malkeet Singh defeated Muhammad Asif 81 (52) - 47.

Doubles — Pakistan beat India 70-72
  • Pankaj Advani beat Muhammad Asif 107 (68) - 5.
  • Malkeet Singh lost to Babar Masih 18-98.

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