Pankaj Advani crashes out of Asian Snooker Championship

first_imgAce Indian cueist Pankaj Advani on Saturday crashed out in the semi-finals of the Asian Snooker Championship after suffering a 5-3 loss against Thailand’s Kritsanut Lertsattayathorn in a thrilling four-hour contest at Doha.Both cueists matched each other frame-for-frame till the sixth, 15-time world champion Advani lost the first frame to his Thai opponent, 46-86 but moved on to pocket the second frame, 64-21.However, the 27-year old Thai produced a brilliant century break in the third to take it 142-0 as the lead flip-flopped. The Indian ace once again came back into the match in the fourth frame and levelled it at 2-2 by taking it 99-0 with a break of 94.After losing the fifth frame 71-5, Advani scored a 90 break to win the sixth frame 99-18.With the match heading towards a tight finish, the Thai upped his game and took the seventh and eighth frames 77-28, 66-31 respectively to book his place in the final.Kritsanut will meet Mohammed Shehab of UAE in the final, who knocked out Amir Sarkhosh 5-1.last_img