Pankaj Advani, Manan Chandra win inaugural Snooker Team World Cup

The Indian duo of Pankaj Advani and Manan Chandra produced an excellent comeback to beat Pakistan in the final of the inaugural IBSF Snooker Team World Cup in Doha.

The pair overturned a 0-2 deficit against Babar Masih and Muhammad Asif in the best-of-five final played on Friday night, after being 0-30 down in the third frame and winning it 72-47 eventually.

“After it became 2-0 in the favour of Pakistan, we knew our chances of winning were slim and had our task cut out. After winning the doubles frame we saw a glimmer of hope and knew now it was up to us to dig deep and individually win both our singles matches to pull off a Houdini,” said Advani after the game.

“Manan played exceptional snooker especially in the crucial deciders of the semifinal and final, when it mattered most. I’m really happy for him to win his first world title,” added Advani, who increased his tally of world titles to a staggering 19.


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