India thump Pakistan to enter final
Ace cueists Pankaj Advani and Aditya Mehta combined forces to power India into the final of the Asian Snooker team championship in Abu Dhabi after thrashing arch-foes Pakistan 3-0 on Wednesday. India will take on Iran in the final.
Mehta, India’s lone professional snooker player, gave the country a grand start when he drubbed Mohammed Asif 73-16 in the opening game of the semifinal, according to information provided by the team’s coach Derek Sippy. Thereafter Advani, recently crowned the continent’s 6-Red champion, showed impressive touch to outclass Asjad Iqbal 83-25 to give India a 2-0 lead.
Advani and Mehta then joined hands to trounce Asif and Asjad 92-8 to give India a commanding 3-0 victory.
Meanwhile, Iran defeated Malaysia by a similar 3-0 margin in the other semifinal. Earlier, in the quarterfinals, India had defeated hosts United Arab Emirates 3-0.
Aditya Mehta, who won the bronze in the 6-Red event, put India 1-0 in front with a comprehensive 88-15 victory over Mohammed Shehab before Advani increased the lead by vanquishing Mohammed Al Joker 67-19. The two then paired up to outsmart their UAE rivals 52-21 in the doubles clash to complete the facile win.