Asian men’s snooker championship: Brilliant Advani in summit clash

Down 4-0 in the best-of-nine semifinal, the Indian cueist swept the next five frames to set up a summit clash with Thailand’s Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon.

Earlier on Thursday, Pankaj Advani had pipped compatriot Aditya Mehta 5-4 in the quarterfinals.   -  Sudhakara Jain

Pankaj Advani made a spectacular comeback to beat Pakistan’s Asjad Iqbal and enter the final of the 35th Asian men’s snooker championship on Thursday.  

Down 4-0 in the best-of-nine semifinal, the Indian cueist swept the next five frames to set up a summit clash with Thailand’s Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon, who had the measure of Iqbal’s compatriot Babar Masih 5-2. 

Earlier in the day, Advani had pipped compatriot Aditya Mehta 5-4 in the quarterfinals.

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The results:

Semifinals: Pankaj Advani bt Asjad Iqbal (Pak) 5-4 (31-68, 1-54, 40-76, 1-96 (81), 78-8, 89-33, 55-14, 89-24, 52-26); Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon (Tha) bt BabarMasih (Pak) 5-2.

Quarterfinals: Advani bt Aditya Mehta 5-4 (0-99(99), 1-60, 64-50, 97(72)-0, 35-90, 113(105)-0, 8-107(107), 61-16, 72-48); Iqbal bt Siyavosh Mozayani(Irn) 5-1; Masih bt Mohd. Bilal (Pak) 5-2; Tirapongpaiboon bt Gao Yang (Chn) 5-1.