Indian cueists Pankaj Advani and Aditya Mehta held their nerves to see off the challenge from Belgium 3-2 in the team championships on the second day of the Snooker World Cup in Bangkok on Tuesday.

India began with a loss with seven-time world champion Advani going down to Luca Brecel before Asian Games bronze medallist Aditya Mehta beat Bjorn Haneveer to draw level.

The Belgians won the doubles, but singles wins by Mehta and Advani sealed the issue for India in Group C.

Yesterday, India lost 1-4 against Northern Ireland with only Aditya being able to win the final frame against Gerard Greene at the Bangkok Convention Centre.

While Advani lost both his singles encounters, India also failed to put up a fight in the doubles against the pairing of Greene and Mark Allen.

India will next play another Group C rival England on Thursday.

The 2011 Snooker World Cup, which has returned to the scene after a gap of 15 years, is featuring pairs who will compete in five one-frame series. The last Snooker World Cup was held in Bangkok in 1996.

A total of 20 teams are competing in the $700,000 World Cup, divided into four groups.

Each team consists of two players with every player has been guaranteed $3,750.

Each match is played over five one-frame matches and the teams score one point for each frame won with the top two in each group advancing to the quarter-finals.

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