KARACHI: Pakistan’s prominent cueist, Muhammad Bilal advanced to the knockout stage of the IBSF World Snooker Championship in Doha after defeating Sweden’s Belan Sharity yesterday with a score of 4-1.
Muhammad Bilal topped his group with four straight wins in the campaign. He defeated Sam Bond (New Zealand), Felix Frede (Germany) and Mohsen Bukshaisha (Qatar) before flooring Sharity (Sweden). With the courtesy of his undefeated streak, he will get a bye in the first knockout round.
The national champion of Pakistan, Muhammad Bilal was in top nick as he overcame his Swedish opponent with almost no difficulty. He lost just the second frame of the game, otherwise dominated in the other four. The scoreline of the match was, 96-33, 25-59, 64-52, 80-51, 81-16.
Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Association (PBSA) official, Naveed Kapadia told Express Tribune, “Bilal is in top form and he is Pakistan’s main hope for the title,.”
“Bilal has been doing really well this year and maintained his form since winning the 2016 National Championship earlier this year,” he added.
On the other hand, Babar Masih of Pakistan knocked down Albania’s Arenc Norja with a score of 4-0 in his last group match.
Babar Masih’s qualification to the knockout round was depended on that contest due to his defeat against Iran’s Soheil Vahedi in his previous game. However, he bounced back and gave no chance to his opponent to get on top of him. He absolutely ruled his Albanian counterpart with scoreline of 90-06, 62-34, 99-02, 91-07.