Tal­war reg­is­ters back-to-back wins

Rajat Khaneja frit­ters away ad­van­tage to even­tu­ally go down 3-2 against Pankaj Ad­vani

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■ CHANDI­GARH: Lo­cal cueist Su­mit Tal­war got his cam­paign off to an ideal start by reg­is­ter­ing back-to-back al­beit con­trast­ing vic­to­ries in the league stage of the In­dian Na­tional Bil­liards and Snooker Cham­pi­onship in Pune on Mon­day.

In his first match of the day, Tal­war, who has been placed in Group J, had it easy as he de­feated AR Ar­jun of Kar­nataka 3-0 (79(51)-02, 54-17, 63-43).

How­ever, Kar­nataka player Deepak A made Tal­war sweat it out be­fore he could reg­is­ter the sec­ond win of the day.

The Chandi­garh player ral­lied from 0-2 down to win the next three frames 50-42, 6124, 63-1 and walk away with the match.

"The first match was a cake­walk, but the sec­ond one proved to be a real chal­lenge. Even af­ter los­ing the first two frames, I did not lose con­fi­dence,” said Tal­war just af­ter win­ning his sec­ond en­counter.

It was, how­ever, a dis­ap­point­ing day for the other city player Rajat Khaneja as he went down against the fan­cied Pankaj Ad­vani, de­spite be­ing 2-0 up.

Play­ing in Group F, Khaneja placed Ad­vani in a tricky sit­u­a­tion by win­ning the first two frames 75-10 and 91-10, in­clud­ing a break of 65 in the sec­ond.

How­ever, Ad­vani stormed back with a break of 88 in the third to win the frame 88-8 and bridge the gap to 1-2 be­fore clinch­ing the next 60-25 to even the score.

In the de­cider, Ad­vani was in his el­e­ment once he got a favourable po­si­tion as he went on to clear the ta­ble and take the frame 61-16 for a 3-2 win.

File photo of Su­mit Tal­war.

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