Advani loses in Asian Snooker summit clash

first_img(Eds: Updating with final match result) Doha, Apr 28 (PTI) Indias top cueist Pankaj Advani lost to Chinas Lv Haotian in the summit clash of Asian Snooker Championship here today, as he failed in his bid to win the continental double of billiards and snooker titles in the same year. Advani lost 3-6 in the final to his Chinese opponent and it meant that he could not become the first player to win both Asian titles in Billiards and Snooker in same calendar year. The defeat in the final also meant that Advani could not complete a career Grand Slam in cue sport. Having won all the major events — Nationals, Asian and World Championships in both Billiards and Snooker and in both the long and short formats, this is the one title (15-red Asian Snooker) that has eluded Advani. A victory will make Advani only player in history to win all Majors in two sports at all levels and across all formats. The Chinese player took the first frame before Advani drew parity. This was the only time the two finalists were on equal terms. From there, Haotian was on song as he scored heavily to always keep the sixteen-time world champion Indian at bay. At 1-3 and just before the interval, Advani made a comeback with two well-crafted breaks to give himself a chance at a recovery. But at 2-3, Advani was yet again kept away from the table by his Chinese opponent. At 3-4, Haotian won the next two frames narrowly to clinch the Asian snooker title. Advani lost 32-95(65), 75(58)-31, 43-69, 24-65(57), 78-0, 6-102(102), 61-48, 48-59, 69-71. This is the first silver Advani has won this season, the rest all gold medals — at the National Championships of Billiards, 6-red Snooker and 15-red Snooker, as well as the Asian Billiards Championship. Advani will now prepare to defend his Asian 6-red Snooker title next month in Kyrgyzstan. PTI PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: India not worried about overdependence on Rohit-Virat, says Sanjay Bangar

first_imgIndia may have been denied the first-hand experience of the threat posed by New Zealand when their World Cup group game was washed out but Virat Kohli’s men say there will be no mystery for them when the teams face off in their semi-final on Tuesday at Old Trafford.The June 13 contest at Nottingham, featuring the only two unbeaten teams of the tournament at that stage, was called off without a ball being bowled but India assistant coach Sanjay Bangar said his players would not be concerned.”It’s not too long ago that we played a full series in New Zealand,” Bangar pointed out.India, in imperious form, registered a 4-1 victory in the one-day series and prevailed 2-1 in the Twenty20 Internationals in New Zealand earlier this year.New Zealand did see off India by six wickets in a World Cup warm-up match at The Oval but Bangar said India, who saw off Sri Lanka by seven wickets on Saturday to top the group stage, would continue to focus on themselves rather than their opponents.”We are just keen to get on and play the semi-final as soon as possible. We need to keep doing the things we are doing at the moment.”We have always maintained that we are looking at our internal parameters. If we are hitting our internal indicators, then we will be playing at our best and that is what we aspire to do.”Tuesday’s contest, intriguingly, will be a repeat of the semi-finals of the 2008 ICC Under-19 World Cup in which a Virat Kohli-led India defeated a Kane Williamson-captained New Zealand in Kuala Lumpur.advertisementIndia’s success at this World Cup has been built on the heavy scoring of a Rohit Sharma-led batting top order, but Bangar rejected suggestions the team’s middle order was undercooked.”I don’t think so,” the former test all-rounder said, highlighting the cameos played by Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya and Mahendra Singh Dhoni during the group stage.”Of course the middle order hasn’t got to bat for a longer period of time, except for the Afghanistan game. But Hardik has done a role, Mahi has done a role and Rishabh has had a few good knocks.”As long as we are getting the job done it really augurs well for the team.”The second semi-final takes place on Thursday between Australia and hosts England at Edgbaston.Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah one of India’s major contributors just like Rohit Sharma: Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Lockie Ferguson happy with ‘underdogs’ tag ahead of CWC semi-finalAlso See:last_img read more

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