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Chennai Strikers, Hyderabad Hustlers win in Indian Cue Masters League

Chennai Strikers and Hyderabad Hustlers earned contrasting wins in the Indian Cue Masters League on Sunday.

other sports Updated: Aug 20, 2017 22:07 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Ahmedabad
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Pankaj Advani led Chennai Strikers to victory in Indian Cue Masters League in Ahmedabad on Sunday.(HT Photo)

Chennai Strikers recovered from their opening day setback for a facile victory while Hyderabad Hustlers made a winning debut in the Indian Cue Masters League at the Rajpath Club in Ahmedabad on Sunday.

Chennai’s Icon player and Indian star Pankaj Advani notched two sweet victories, the first in mixed snooker doubles in the company of Vidya Pillai and the second in the Icon match, the snooker singles, against Kelly Fisher of Delhi Dons.

His teammate Dharmender Lilly too was on a roll, winning his singles pool match against Malkeet Singh and then partnering with the in-form Pillai in pool doubles.

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Advani, a 16-time world champion, showed his class as he rounded up the first frame easily, running away to a 32-0 lead. Kelly fought back to 19 but ran out of time. She put up a better display in the second frame, jumping to 26-6 lead as Advani made a couple of unforced errors.

But with just one red and all the colours left on the table, he went on a pocketing spree to take the frame 36-26 and the crucial point.

He was ably complemented by Pillai in mixed doubles as they trounced the pair of Kelly Fisher and Manan Chandra 20-5, 22-18.

Delhi Don’s Manan Chandra got his team the solitary point, getting the better of Faisal Khan in the snooker singles shootout. But by then, the fat lady had already sung.

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In the second tie between Gujarat Kings and Hyderabad Hustlers, Madhya Pradesh duo of Kamal Chawla and Amee Kamani held on to their nerves to beat the highly rated Andrew Pagett and Daria Sirotina 2-0.

Welsh Pagett seemed to be sailing against Iran’s Amir Sarkhosh in the clash of the Icons. But an unforced error in the first frame, when he was ahead by nine points, saw him succumb to a 22-31 defeat.

In the second frame too, despite a good start, Pagett made another mistake to leave the table wide open. Sarkhosh capitalised on the opportunity to win 41-28 for a 2-0 victory.

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Amir Sarkhosh swept aside veteran Alok Kumar in straight frames to give his side a 2-0 lead. Alok Kumar fought back with Daria to brush aside the pair of Anuj Uppal and Amee Kamani to bring them back into the tie.

But Sarkhosh won the Icon clash against Pagett to seal the tie.

Kamal Chawla then beat Kings’ Brijesh Damani to silence the home fans with a comprehensive 4-1 victory.

First Published: Aug 20, 2017 22:07 IST