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Indians against the world: Weekend sports round-up

From hockey to tennis, football and snooker, Indian sport was witness to a cracking two days of competition. Here’s a weekend sports round-up…

advani2Pankaj Advani is world champion… again

India’s most successful cueist Pankaj Advani added yet another feather to his cap, winning the IBSF World Snooker Championship. Battling past the Chinese Zhua Xintong in the final, Advani weaved magic on the green baize to prevail over the teenage sensation 8-6 in the best-of-15 final, taking his world title count to 15.

This is Bengaluru ‘Golden Boy’ Advani’s second title in just over a month – he clinched the IBSF Billiards crown in September. He also became the the first person in history to win the short and the long snooker format in one calender year.

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India thrash Pakistan to claim Junior Asia Cup

Young drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh was the star of the show with four goals to his name, as India romped home 6-2 against a Pakistan side that were left stunned by their opponent’s aggression.

India were up 2-0 within 14 minutes, Harmanpreet scoring both from penalty corners. Pakistan nicked one back, but any hopes of a revival were scuppered when Harmanpreet scored again in the 30th minute. In the second half, Armaan Qureshi and Manpreet Jr added two more for India, while Harmanpreet slotted home his fourth and India’s sixth goal of the game to become the tournament’s highest scorer with 15 goals to his name. Pakistan added a consolation goal two minutes from time, but it was too little too late.

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Indian men lose second Test 1-2 to Australia

While the Indian boys enjoyed the heights of success, their senior counterparts were left tasting defeat in a closeely fought second Test against Australia.

India took the lead in the 23rd minute from a Devender Walmiki shot. However, the men in blue failed to hang on to the scoreline, allowing Australia to retaliate with back-to-back goals in the final quarter of the game. Jacob Whetton (47th) and Aran Zalewski (48th) scored in teh space to two minutes to give Australia the win.

The result gives Australia a 1-0 advantage in the 3-Test series, after the first Test resulted in a 1-1 draw.

bopanna1Bopanna-Mergea emerge runners-up in ATP World Tour Finals

India’s Rohan Bopanna and Romania’s Florin Mergea failed to win the prestigious season-ending $7 million ATP World Tour Finals, losing to the Dutch-Romanian pair of Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau in straight sets in the men’s doubles final at the O2 Arena in London. The second-seeded Tecau-Rojer needed an hour to beat in the Indo-Romanian pair 6-4, 6-3 to clinch the title in what was an arguably one-sided encounter.

Kolkata:Atletico de Kolkata midfielder Sameehg Doutie jubilate after scoring goal against FC Goa during the ISL Match in Kolkata on Sunday.PTI Photo by Swapan Mahapatra(PTI11_22_2015_000231B)
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Atletico de Kolkata sink FC Goa 4-0

Defending champions Atletico de Kolkata ran riot over FC Goa to climb to the top of the Indian Super League table in Kolkata on Sunday.

South African playmaker Samheeg Doutie played a significant role in all four goals, scored a stunning double, setting up captain Borja Fernandez with a superb assist and winning a penalty which Iain Hume converted.

The win leaves Atletico with 20 points, two clear of Zico’s FC Goa in second place.

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