After Babar Masih put a fluent 81 break to win the first frame against Pankaj Advani, Malkeet Singh restored parity with a 52 break win over Mohammad Asif. The doubles was the turning point where Asif played out of his skin to pull back a 62-point deficit and allow his partner Masih to wrap up the frame 72-70.
Pushed on the back foot, Pankaj displayed fine potting to craft a frame-winning 68 break. It was then again down to Malkeet to save the day for India, but he could not on this occasion. Hours before that, Malkeet played the match of his life under pressure to clinch the deciding frame against Pakistan 2 and a berth for the Indian team in the final.
Result: Pakistan 1 beat India 3-2 (Pankaj Advani lost to Babar Masih 2-110(81), Malkeet Singh beat Muhammad Asif 81(52)-47, Doubles 72-70 (in favour of Pak), Pankaj Advani beat Muhammad Asif 107(68)-5, Malkeet Singh lost to Babar Masih 18-98)