Byline: Mohsin Ali
ISLAMABAD -- Ali Suria/Sikandar Hayat won the men's doubles title in the Pakistan Open Tenpin Bowling Championship 2019 here at Leisure City Bowling Club, Jinnah Park, Rawalpindi on Sunday night.
Nasir Dar won the deaf and dumb title after leaving his opponents far behind, while in the most exciting professional masters' category, past champions Saleem Baig and Hussain Chatha dominated Ijaz Ur Rehman, Ali Suria and others. Daniyal Ijaz, who had won the U-16 title, is in the amateurs' singles final round and all set to give a tough fight to his competitors.
Total 30 pairs were fighting hard for the top honours in the men's doubles category. The pair of Saleem/Hussain, who had won many doubles titles, were favourites in the event. However, the competition was tough this time, as three-time national champion Ijaz Ur Rehman was paired with his 14-year-old son Daniyal, who was enjoying overwhelming crowd support. No one was expecting that Saleem/Hussain could not succeed in their favourite category.
After the first round, it was four-way battle among Ali/Sikandar, Ijaz/Daniyal, Saleem/Hussain and Afzal Akhtar/Saqib, who all qualified for the final round. Two games were for the each pair in the final round. Ali scored 334 pins, while his partner Sikandar contributed 353 pins, which enabled them to post total 687 pins. Ijaz/Daniyal played unbelievably, as Ijaz scored 341 pins and Daniyal made 340 pins to post total 681 pins. Saleem/Hussain scored 309 and 361 pins respectively to post total 670 pins. Ali/Sikandar got the first position, while Ijaz/Daniyal and Saleem/Hussain bagged second and third spots respectively.
Shocking results were witnessed in the men's singles event, in which Saleem Baig performed...