Iranian player Amir Sarkhosh qualifies to the knockout stage of the Asian Snooker Championship 2021 without losing any frame, hence grabbed the top-seed slot for the knockouts. The second seed went to Pankaj Advani of India as he lost one frame to Ali Hussein of Iraq. The last-8 qualified players amongst a total of 20 will have to play a prelim playoff to meet the top-4 seeds at the Pre-quarter final stage. Today morning, the player from Nepal, Ankit Man Shrestha defeated Ali Hussein of Iraq in the deciding frame 4-3. Ankit was leading 2-1 when Ali made a break of 81 points to return to the game. However, Ankit immediately crafted a counter break of 82 points to maintain his lead. Although, Ankit lost the sixth frame by 9 points and the match reached the deciding frame stage. The deciding frame went for some extra time where Ali was in need of Snooker but in the end, Ankit potted the last pink ball to confirm his entry for the knockout stage.