Asif takes on Mubashir in ranking snooker final today

03 Aug 2019

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KARACHI: Veteran Mohammad Asif plays a shot against Mohammad Ahsan Javaid (not in picture) in the semi-final of the ranking snooker championship on Friday.—Tahir Jamal/White Star
KARACHI: Veteran Mohammad Asif plays a shot against Mohammad Ahsan Javaid (not in picture) in the semi-final of the ranking snooker championship on Friday.—Tahir Jamal/White Star

KARACHI: The 11th National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) ranking snooker championship which concludes at the bank’s sports complex on Saturday may produce a new champion as veteran Mohammad Asif takes on new find Mubashir Raza in the title clash.

Two-time former national champion Mohammad Asif survived scare while routing ex-junior international Mohammad Ahsan Javaid by 6-5 frames so does Mubashir Raza who accounted for another ex-national champion Mohammad Sajjad 6-4 in the two semi-finals on Friday.

Playing first semi-final of a ranking snooker competition of his career, former national U-21 champion Ahsan enjoyed an edge over his opponent as he led 3-2, 4-3 and 5-4 before the lead slipped from his hands.

Asif, who had three NBP Cup titles under his belt, kept his nerves as he won the best of 11 frames match 63-44, 87-1, 47-60, 0-94, 1-99, 70-26, 41-74, 71-35, 56-65, 56-47, 71-28.

“Ahsan played well,” Asif told Dawn while describing the match.

Playing on the adjacent table Mubsahir, who too made it first semi-final of a ranking event of his career, defied pressure to post an incredible victory over his experienced opponent.

It is pertinent to mention that Sajjad has made a comeback by reaching the last four after a lull. He also chalked up a break of 103 in the seventh frame but in vain.

Mubashir won the battle 55-39, 1-64, 63-49, 23-65, 73-61, 97-34, 4-129, 14-55, 71-32, 69-28.

The best of 15 frames final between Asif and Mubashir will be played on Saturday at 10am. The prize distribution ceremony will be held at 4.30pm.

Results:

Semi-finals: Mohammad Asif (Punjab) bt Mohammad Ahsan Javaid (Punjab) 6-5 (63-44, 87-1, 47-60, 0-94, 1-99, 70-26, 41-74, 71-35, 56-65, 56-47, 71-28); Mubashir Raza (Punjab) bt Mohammad Sajjad (Punjab) 6-4 (55-39, 1-64, 63-49, 23-65, 73-61, 97-34, 4-129, 14-55, 71-32, 69-28).

Saturday’s fixtures:

Mohammad Asif vs Mubashir Raza (final) at 10am (best of 15 frames).

Published in Dawn, August 3rd, 2019