first_imgThe Ghosal-Hesham clash was a battle between two The Ghosal-Hesham clash was a battle between two fleet-footed players with the Indian champion egged on by the crowd. Ghosal jumped to a 7-5 lead before Hesham drew level only for the Indian to raise his game a notch and win it 11-7. Hesham led 6-3 in the second and then 7-4 and 8-6 before the Egyptian played two fine drops to go up game-ball. A string of errors enabled the Indian to draw level and force the game into extra points which Ghosal won from 11-all when his opponent committed costly errors. Hesham led 9-6 in the third before going into his error-prone ways to allow the Indian draw level at 9. The Egyptian took the next point and then played a superb two-wall boast to clinch the game. The two went hammer and tongs at each other in the fourth till 7-all when he produced two fine winners to make it 9-7 and then closed out the game to draw level in the match. With everything hanging on this game, Ghosal took a 9-8 lead following another error from Hesham after the two players level-pegged. The Indian kept his nerves, went to match-ball and then finished off the match in style. PTI SSR NRB KHS KHS BASlast_img

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