Ivan Kakovskii & Mikhail Terekhov delighted the Russian spectators by overcoming reigning World Team champions Muhammad Asif & Babar Masih of Pakistan 3-1 in their opening group A tie at the inaugural edition of World Snooker Team Cup 2018 in Doha, Qatar.
Babar missed on a crucial point in first frame leaving last colour balls, which Ivan cleared to take first frame lead. In second frame, Mikhail fought hard against former world champion, Muhammad Asif but couldn’t save it and again match rested at 1-1.
Pakistan team, however, put in all efforts to secure the doubles frame but lost by a narrow margin (54-59). In fourth frame, Ivan played, once again a commanding game to defeat Asif 65-25 and registered first win for team Russia 3-1.
In the group of three, now it’s must-win situation for the Pakistan-1 team to stay in the competition.
Fourth match of session 1 was between Hong Kong-1 and Egypt where Lee Chun Wai of Hong Kong started with a well crafted 80 points break. Though his partner Fung Kwok Wai lost the next frame but after that they both coördinated well to pull back doubles frame.
In fourth frame, Lee Chun Wai, once again shown his class to defeat Hesham Shawky 47-29 to register first win for Hong Kong.