Veteran cueist Geet Sethi survived a scare against Malta's Simon Zammit, while Pankaj Advani had a field day against Moosa Saleem of Mauritius on the second day of the ONGC-World Snooker Championship here on Monday.
Sethi, who committed a number of unforced errors, brought in all his experience on the table to edge past Zammit 3-2 in the decider. Sethi started the match nervously and lost first frame to Zammit in no time. He regained confidence in the second and struck the balls with sheer excellence to compile a fine break of 69 to level the proceeding.
The third frame was quite scrappy as both the players kept on committing unforced errors. However, in the end Sethi, held his nerves to surge ahead 2-1.
In the fourth frame, Zammit showed some gutsy potting and piled up a substantial lead over his opponent, leaving him with no chance to stage a comeback. The decider saw Sethi taking a substantial lead.
Advani wasted little time in brushing aside Moosa Saleem of Mauritius 4-0 with breaks of 54, 58 and 62 clearance in the second, third and fourth frames. Manan Chandra put his campaign back on track, defeating Khalid Mohd of Libya 4-1.
Sharad Deep in Lucknow: India's top paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal took just 11 minutes to dispose of Sadaqa Rida of Jordan in straight games to pave the way for teammates to move into the quarterfinals of the team championship's First Division at the Asian Table Tennis Championship on Monday. His mates, Soumyadeep Roy and Sourav Chakraborty, didn't disappoint either, beating Jaber Lutfi and Abo Yaman Zaid respectively.
With a 3-0 win against Uzbekistan already in India's kitty in the morning session after getting a walkover from Turkmenistan, Sharath didn't allow Rida to even settle down before wresting the match 11-6, 11-5, 11-5.