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14-year-old boy stuns Advani

By The Assam Tribune

BENGALURU, Nov 28 (PTI): China�s 14-year-old Yan Bingtao today scripted a sensational upset as he sent 12-time world title holder Pankaj Advani packing with a 6-4 victory in the quarterfinals of the Seaways IBSF World Snooker Championship, here today.

On the day at the Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium, Advani, who has had a good run in the tournament till date, could not concentrate on his game and did not play big points as the Chinese schoolboy.

Pankaj started his quarterfinal tie in a disappointing way, losing the first frame 38-63 and the next 47-75. Pankaj had 44 break points but Bingtao�s 57 helped the Chinese to clinch the second frame.

There was something to cheer for the Indian fans when Pankaj convincingly pocketed next three frames 107-0, 68-10 and 60-16, thus taking 3-2 lead.

Just when the star Indian cueist needed another frame in the grabs to get a firm hold, he lost the plot and conceded the sixth frame quite easily to Bingtao 4-83 as the Chinese exhibited incredible temperament on the green baize to level the proceedings at 3-3 each. Advani then prevailed over the Chinese in the seventh frame by beating him with 89-24 margin with 79 break points, taking a crucial 4-3 lead.

The Indian however could not capitalise on the lead and lost next three frames 40-67, 26-71 and 40-59, thus conceding the rubber to Bingtao.

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