Pankaj Advani of India has completed all his group stage matches for the Asian Billiards Championship losing only one game to secure a top-seed slot for the knockout rounds. Pankaj defeated Jang Hosoon of South Korea and Yuttapop Pakpoj of Thailand 4-0 each. In his last group stage match, the Sri Lankan player Mohamed Rimzan succeeded to score a break of 54 points in the fourth game and took one game away from Advani. During the group stage, Pankaj won 5 games with unfinished breaks of 100+ and scored 50+ breaks in all 13 games he played to win three matches. Former World Champion and Asian Games gold medalist also won his all four group stage matches to secure second seed for the knockout. He lost three games against Pauk Sa of Myanmar. During this match, Praput was down 0-3 but in the next three games, he geared up to score decent breaks and won the match 4-3. Two-time Asian Billiards champion Dhruv Sitwala from India had a good chance to secure second seed as he was unbeaten in the first two frames but in the last match against Min Sithu Tun of Myanmar he lost three frames and got third seed for the knockout. The match against Min Sithu was an interesting one where both won alternate games to land in the decider. Min Sithu had a good chance to win the decider, but a miscalculated shot allowed Dhruv to make a comeback, which he did brilliantly to secure the match 4-3. Knockout Line-Up

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