blog by riya rathore

India’s leading cueist Pankaj Advani teamed up with Laxman Rawat to demolish Pakistan in the final of the Asian Team Snooker Championship here on Wednesday. Advani drew first blood by putting on a sterling performance against Mohammad Bilal.India’s fate was going to be determined by Advani’s partner Rawat’s form and he did not disappoint.Advani then got the job done as held his nerve and completed the task of clearing the frame and winning the final 3-0.PTI With the title and the win in the final, Advani remained the only player to not lose a single individual match in the team event. This title brings up Advani’s second Asian title this season and 8th overall (6 Billiards, 1 6-red and 1 Team Snooker) while it is a first for Rawat and Singh.India stood a chance to complete a whitewash with Rawat delivering the goods alongside the legendary cueist and thus picked up his first major trophy.  Advani gave India the lead by putting on a strong performance against Mohammad Bilal. Despite a foul from Advani, he was too good for Bilal and bounced back to piece together a brilliant break of 83 to seal the first tie of the best-of-five final.Rawat took the table up next and gave India a 2-0 advantage in the quest for the title with a clinical 73 break to win the frame without allowing his opponent, Babar Masih to score a single point.In the doubles tie, India needed to put in a win and ensure a whitewash. In a dramatic third and what would prove to be the final frame, a heroic attempt by Advani got him the pot and India were within touching distance of the trophy. He held his nerve and completed the task of clearing the frame and winning the final 3-0. However, India’s fate was determined by Advani’s partner Rawat who came out with a clinical 73 break to win the frame.The Indian pair maintained their superlative performance in the doubles tie to complete a whitewash. Advani held his nerve and completed the task of clearing the frame along with Rawat and winning the final 3-0.The 31-year-old was the only player in the tournament not to lose a single individual match in the team event.This title brings up Advani’s second Asian title this season and eighth overall while it was a first major first international title for Rawat.Advani is currently the only player in the world to compete at the world championship level in both billiards and snooker.

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