The Mumbai-based cueist Pandya showed great character against Gulati, the reigning 8-ball champion. Pandya started off strongly and quickly raced to a 4-1 lead. Though Gulati tried his best to get into the match, Pandya maintained the momentum and went on to post a 7-4 victory in the race-to-seven rack encounter at the NSCI, Worli.
Meanwhile, top seed and defending champion Alok Kumar of PSPB cruised to 7-1 win over Hasan Badami.
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