Talwar defeats Desai to enter last 32 stage
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Second seed Sumit Talwar of Chandigarh brushed aside the challenge from Maharashtra's Sagar Desai to enter the round of 32 in the men's 8-ball event of the NSCI-National Pool Championship today.
Talwar, who last year finished runner-up to Alok Kumar of Petroleum Sports Promotion Board, registered a comfortable 6-2 victory in the race to six racks round of 64 contest at the National Sports Club of India, Worli.
Dharminder Lilly of Punjab and Siddharth Parikh of Railways Sports Promotion Board also won their respective ties by identical 6-2 margins to join Talwar in the next round. Lilly tamed Maharashtra's Prashant Mhatre, while Parikh sidelined Hasneet Singh of Haryana. Delhi teenager Nitesh Madan held his nerves to make it to the next round.
In a match of fluctuating fortunes in which the lead changed hands several times, the 19-year-old Delhi cueist pulled off a deserving 6-4 win over Maharashtra's Jaiveer Dhingra. In the closest-fought clash of the day, Deepak Kumar of Punjab almost threw away the match before clinching a 6-5 win over Rishit Jain of Delhi.
Kumar opened up with a 5-1 lead before losing his concentration. He allowed his opponent to draw level at 5-5 but could regain his composure just in time to win the crucial sixth rack to seal the match in his favour.