New Delhi: Indian cueists Pankaj Advani and
Aditya Mehta held their nerves to see off the challenge from
Belgium 3-2 in the team championships on the second day of the
Snooker World Cup in Bangkok on Tuesday.
India began with a loss with seven-time world champion
Advani going down to Luca Brecel before Asian Games bronze
medallist Aditya Mehta beat Bjorn Haneveer to draw level.
The Belgians won the doubles, but singles wins by Mehta
and Advani sealed the issue for India in Group C.
Yesterday, India lost 1-4 against Northern Ireland with
only Aditya being able to win the final frame against Gerard
Greene at the Bangkok Convention Centre.
While Advani lost both his singles encounters, India also
failed to put up a fight in the doubles against the pairing of
Greene and Mark Allen.
India will next play another Group C rival England on
The 2011 Snooker World Cup, which has returned to the
scene after a gap of 15 years, is featuring pairs who will
compete in five one-frame series. The last Snooker World Cup
was held in Bangkok in 1996.
A total of 20 teams are competing in the USD 700,000
World Cup, divided into four groups.
Each team consists of two players with every player has
been guaranteed USD 3,750.
Each match is played over five one-frame matches and the
teams score one point for each frame won with the top two in
each group advancing to the quarter-finals.