Doha: Indian snooker stalwart Pankaj Advani has reached the semi-finals of the IBSF World Snooker Championship.

The 15-time World Billiards and Snooker champion, Pankaj Advani had a nail-biting quarter-final with Thailand’s Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon on Monday in Doha.

Advani got to a good start in the best of 11-frame match by leading 5-3 at one point but Thanawat levelled the score 5-5 by winning two frames consecutively.

The final frame and match was won 6-5 by Advani which assured a bronze medal in the men’s category for India.

With this victory, Pankaj Advani progresses to the semi-finals where he will be head-to-head with Wales’ Andrew Pagett.

En route to his semi-final, Advani beat Pakistan’s Babar Masih 5-3 in the last 32 and Malyasia’s Keen Hoo Moh to progress to the quarter-finals.