Indian cueist Yasin Merchant lost to England’s Martin O’Donnel on the second day of the IBSF World Snooker Championship in Bangalore . Merchant hasn’t yet qualified for the knockout stages, and will hope to beat Syria’s Omar Alkojah on Wednesday to qualify.
Merchant, who had defeated Libya’s Khaled Elbakosh and Bairaq Al-Urfy of Sweden on Monday, lost to O’Donnel 3-4 in a tough fight in the Group A tie. O’Donnel took the first two frames but Merchant came back strongly to win the next three. Merchant, however, could not maintain the tempo and lost the next two frames 38-77 24-80. Martin capped his day with a break of 74 in the deciding frame.
Alkojah was beaten by Martin 2-4 in his first encounter on Monday. The Syrian, however, regrouped his resources to beat Sweden’s Bairaq Al-Urfy 4-1 in his next match.
Manan Chandra lost to Kevin Van Hove of Belgium 2-4 (14-65 21-71 48-57 77-27 54-66 23-70).
Kamal Chawla and Brijesh Damani provided the Indian fans a reason to cheer when they defeated Joris Maas of Netherlands and Craig Macgillivray of Scotland respectively.