Pakistan puts it past India

Rahul Baitha and Yash Fadte fall short in their efforts

A new, young team, with little exposure to tournaments abroad, and a poor show in the individual rounds, made defending champion Pakistan everything but a favourite in the world junior boys’ team squash championships here.

Playing against fifth seed India in the pre-quarterfinals at the EA Mall here on Friday, Pakistan showed why it’s such an unpredictable team, across sporting disciplines, by overwhelming the host 2-1 to set up a clash with England, the third seed, in the last eight.

Rahul Baitha, chosen ahead of Utkarsh Baheti, could have done much better as he lost 8-11, 16-14, 11-6, 11-7 to Haris Qasim in the opening match.

It was again left to Yash Fadte to bail out India as he did against Switzerland the other day. Against Pakistan No.1 Abbas Zeb, it was believed the Indian stood a better chance given his alacrity and quick movements. It was not to be as the Indian went down under a pile of unforced errors at 6-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-2.

In the ‘dead’ third rubber, Veer Chotrani pulled one back with a 12-10, 11-5 win over Muhammad Uzair.

Pressure did the team in

Pakistan’s coach Mohammad Yasin said India succumbed to the pressure. “We were better mentally and physically. I think the pressure got to them. Now we are more confident taking on England,” said Yasin.

Quarterfinal line-up: Egypt vs. Hong Kong; Malaysia vs. Czech Republic; USA vs. Canada; Pakistan vs. England.

The results (pre-quarterfinals): Pakistan bt India 2-1 (Haris Qasim bt Rahul Baitha 8-11, 16-14, 11-6, 11-7; Abbas Zeb bt Yash Fadte 6-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-2; Muhammad Uzair lost to Veer Chotrani 12-10, 11-5); Hong Kong bt Colombia 2-1 (To Wai Lok bt Andres Villamizar 11-7, 11-8, 11-7; Chung Yat Long lost to Matias Knudsen 11-3, 11-6, 11-3; Ho Ka Hei bt Lui Alejandro Mancilla 11-8, 11-5, 8-11, 9-11, 12-10); Malaysia bt Ireland 2-0 (Duncan YungYii Lee bt Scott Gillanders 5-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-9; Darren Rahul Pragasam bt Conar Moran 7-11, 13-11, 11-7, 11-8); Australia lost to Canada 0-3 (Maaz Jamal Khatri lost to Ryan Picken 9-11, 12-10, 13-15, 11-5, 11-5; Nicholas Calvert lost to James Flynn 11-6, 3-11, 11-3, 11-5; Jacob Ford lost to George Crowne 6-11, 11-4, 11-8).

Egypt bt Argentina 3-0 (Mostafa El Serty bt Lisandro Ortiz 11-7, 11-2, 11-5; Marwan Tarek bt Jeremias Azana 11-5, 11-5, 11-3; Omar El Torkey bt Dylan Tymkiw 11-3, 11-1); Germany lost to England 0-2 (Maximillian Baum lost to Jared Carter 11-5, 11-3, 11-4; Abdel-Rehman Ghait lost to Nicholas Wall 12-10, 11-6, 11-4); Czech Republic bt Switzerland 2-0 (Marek Panacek bt Miguel Mathis 11-5, 11-2, 11-5; Viktor Byrtus bt Yannick Wilhemi 11-7, 11-8, 11-8); USA bt New Zealand 2-0 (Thomas Rosini bt Temw Chileshe 6-11, 11-9, 11-4, 9-11, 11-9; Daelum Mawji bt Matthew Lucente 9-11, 11-5, 11-5, 12-10).

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