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KARACHI: Mohammad Majid Ali, the losing finalist of this year’s national junior snooker championship, ensured a berth into the knockout round of last 32 after scoring an emphatic 4-2 victory over Indian Lalrina Rentheli in the IBSF World Under-21 Snooker Championship in Wuxi, China, on Wednesday.

According to results, the promising junior cueist who is placed in group C was home 133-5,108-53, 29-62, 65-49, 39-83, 68-65 to register his fourth win in five games. His triumph include an elegant break of 86 in the opening frame.

Majid is drawn against Alexander Gauss of Austria in the last group fixture on Thursday.

Majid’s compatriot Hunain Aamir, who has national junior title under his belt, tasted his third defeat in five outings by going down 1-4 to Iran’s Alireza Khodaparast in group G fixture.

The defeat 59-41, 44-57, 8-66, 16-72, 40-66 has lessened Hunain’s chances of crossing the first hurdle. He faces Rhys Clark of Scotland in the crucial last league match on Thursday for the fourth position in group. Both have won two and lost three games so far.

Top four players from eight groups will qualify for the knockout stage.

Results: Mohammad Majid Ali (Pak) bt Lalrina Rentheli (India) 4-2 (133-5, 108-53, 29-62, 65-49, 39-83, 68-65); Hunain Aamir (Pak) lost to Alireza Khodaparast (Iran) 1-4 (59-41, 44-57, 8-66, 16-72, 40-66).

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