Straight shooters: Bilal, Asif end day one as winners

Defeat Korea’s Minhu and Palestine’s Alastal 4-0, 4-0 respectively.

Our Correspondent April 18, 2016

KARACHI: Pakistani players got off to a good start in the Asian Confederation of Billiard Sports (ACBS) 32nd Asian Snooker Championship as Mohammad Bilal won both his matches on day one, while Mohammad Asif scored a century break in his victory in Doha, Qatar.

Bilal registered a comparatively easy 4-0 win in his first match against Korea’s Baek Minhu, who could not show much resistance as he won 76-02, 104-02, 87-14 and 69-37.

In his second match, Qatar’s Abdul Rehman Abdul Mohsin gave him a much closer fight especially in two of the frames, but Bilal still managed to win 4-0 with an overall scoreline of 69-33, 75-55, 67-56 and 85-30.

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Former IBSF world champion Mohammad Asif showed his class in his first group match as he scored a century break in his first frame of the competition in 4-0 demolition of Palestine’s Khalid Alastal.

Asif triumphed with scores of 103-0 (103), 85-15, 90-16 and 77-19.

In another match, senior player Mohammad Sajjad came back from 2-1 down to win 4-2 against Hong Kong’s Au Chi Chung.

It was Chung who won the first frame, however, Sajjad eventually leveled the match 1-1. Chung restored his slight lead by winning the third frame with just two points.

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However, Sajjad first drew parity and then raced to victory by winning three frames on the trot as won by scores of 16-69, 63-18, 68-70, 52-03, 83-18 and 60-30.

The only casualty on day one was Sohail Shahzad, who lost 4-2 to India’s Manan Chandra, despite leading 2-1 initially by scoreline of 67-48, 27-55, 25-79, 91-05, 62-17 and 62-14.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 18th,  2016.

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