Dilip Kumar shocks Aditya Mehta
Mumbai: Dilip Kumar of Railways stunned ace cueist Aditya Mehta 3-1 in a best-of-five frames Group A tie in the CCI Classic Billiards & Snooker Tournament, here on Saturday.
Tamil Nadu based Kumar got off to a dream start when he bagged the opening frame with a significant break of 53 that boosted his confidence.
However, Mehta bounced back with a break of 40 to win the second frame. But Kumar held on to small but significant breaks to remain ahead in the following two frames to fashion a memorable win.
Later, Mehta shrugged off the loss and made amends with wins over former Maharashtra state champion Nikhil Ootam and I H Manudev of Karnataka.
Asian Championship bronze medallist Kamal Chawla endured a surprise challenge against upcoming cueist Malkeet Singh of CCI before snatching a thrilling 3-2 win in Group B.
Railway`s Chawla opened up with a delightful unfinished break of 87 to win the first frame, in reply to Singh`s impressive 51. Singh went on to take a surprise 2-1 lead following a break of 52 in the second frame and a black ball win in the third.
But Chawla fought back to narrowly win the crucial fourth frame before taking away the decider and the match by a substantial margin.
India no. 7 Laxman Rawat who was shocked in his opening two Group B matches, recovered brilliantly to beat Manan Chandra 3-0 and no. 2 Hasan Badami in a hard-fought 3-2 thriller.
Group A: Shivam Arora (Bihar) bt I.H. Manudev (Ktk) 3-2; I.H. Manudev bt Jaiveer Dhingra (PSPB) 3-1; Dilip Kumar (Rlys) bt Aditya Mehta (PSPB) 3-1; Aditya Mehta bt I.H. Manudev 3-0; Shivam Arora bt Sourav Kothari (PSPB) 3-2; Aditya Mehta bt Nikhil Ootam (CCI) 3-0.
Group B: Kamal Chawla (Rlys) bt Nitesh Madan (Rlys) 3-1; Laxman Rawat (PSPB) bt Manan Chandra (PSPB) 3-0; Kamal Chawla bt Malkeet Singh (CCI) 3-2; Manan Chandra bt Hasan Badami (CCI) 3-1; Manan Chandra bt Manav Panchal (Mah) 3-2; Laxman Rawat bt Hasan Badami 3-2.
Group C: Sundeep Gulati (Del) bt Dharmender Lily (Pun) 3-0; Dharmender Lily bt Pushpender Singh (Rlys) 3-0; Rupesh Shah (PSPB) bt Kekoo Nicholson (CCI) 3-0; Nishant Dossa (CCI) bt Kekoo Nicholson 3-0.
Group D: Himanshu Jain (AP) bt Faisal Khan (Rlys) 3-1; Rovin D?Souza (Rlys) bt Raj Khandwala (CCI) 3-0; Arvind Kumar (Rlys) bt Aditya Agrawal (Rlys) 3-2; Faisal Khan (Rlys) bt Rafath Habib (Rlys) 3-1; Himanshu Jain bt Aditya Agrawal 3-2.