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Late fight keeps Asia ahead of Europe; Lahiri, SSP lose again

Press Trust of India  |  Kuala Lumpur 

Team produced another inspired performance to maintain a one-point advantage over Team after the second day of the tournament here today.

battled successfully in the latter half today to win three matches in a row and keep their nose ahead at 6 to 5

at the end of foursomes matches.

It is the first time heads into tomorrow's singles with a lead, which while being slender is a massive mental boost for them.

Asia won three and halved one match on first day, and the two teams won three each on second.

The teams now face off each other in 12 singles, with local going out first against and Asia's clutch putting star, takes on Irishman rookie in the closing match.

An ecstatic Arjun Atwal, Asia's said, "I have said from the beginning that this team is capable of winning and I have believed in them. They have shown that they have big hearts and a great game. They are all champions and they know how to do it.

"I have sermonised them, I have just been speaking to them and making them believe in themselves and to have fun and give their best. The young lads have been fantastic. One more day to go from here and it is very close."

India's SSP Chawrasia and Anirban Lahiri, who have had a disappointing first two days, losing both their matches, will meet and respectively in the third and ninth matches.

had a great start and at one stage it was a sea of blue. Then they won the first three matches with enough to spare to move to 5 to 3 and three matches were still in progress.

The Asians who kept their pairing the same as Day one had the same heroes again. The only exception was the pair of and Poom Saksansin, who felled and They were beaten 3&2 by and

Home lads, (with Yuta Ikeda) and Fung (partnering the irrepressible Li), besides Hideto Tanihara (partnering Phachara Khwongwatmai) ensured next three points for Asia.

India's experienced duo of Lahiri and Chawrasia paid dearly for their patchy start over the first five holes, by which time and were 3-up.

The Indians did find some touch midway in the match, winning the sixth and eighth, while losing the seventh. After nine Europeans were still 2-Up and they made it 3-Up on 10th.

The next six holes were well fought and halved three of them with birdies, but the Europeans nailed crucial putts and did not allow the Asians to reduce the gap and romped home 3&2 for their first point of the day.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 16:00 IST