Chennai, Dec 7 (UNI) Strong contenders alongside favourites Egypt and defending champions England, the new look Pakistan outplayed India 3-0 winning all the three matches in their opening league encounter in the four team Pool C in the 21st ICL World men's team squash championships here today.
The Indian trio spearheaded by national champion and its no 1 player Saurav Ghosal proved to be a notch below the Pakistan outfit led by its top ranked Amir Atlast Khan.
The left handed Amir gave the team the right start defeating India no 3 Siddharth Suchde 11-8, 12-10, 11-9, 11-5. After winning the first game, Siddharth could not match Amir, who won the crucial points with his deft cross courts and drops.
Pakistan appeared to be coasting to an easy win when in the second match Saurav failed to find his touch against her no 3 right hander Farhan Mahboob in the first two games. He rallied brilliantly in the next two to draw level 2-2 on game score. But in the decisive fifth, Mahboob edged out Saurav, who fought gamely till 8-8 before falling. Mahboob won-11-10, 11-6,11-13, 6-11, 11-9.
The third match, which was of no consequence anyway to Pakistan, turned out to be even more easy with India's no 2 Ritwik Bhattacharya returning to big competition after a long injury layoff, could hardly match Pakistan's no 2 Mansoor Zaman, another left hander.
Exhibiting a pathetic display and slow movements on court, Ritwik made things easy for Mansoor who coasted to a 11-6, 11-9, 11-3 win.
However, India are assured of a place in the second phase as they have only the lowly ranked kenya to take on in the last league outing. Pakistan will take on Bermuda and are poised to top the Pool.