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PETALING JAYA: Malaysia defeated China 2-0 in a hard-fought quarter-final clash in the ISTAF SuperSeries in Bangkok on Saturday.
Team manager Jamaluddin Hassan, who rested first choice tekong Ahmad Aizat Azmi and striker Norshahruddin Mad Ghani, started with Mohd Syazreen Qamar Salehan, Sahidan Md Ali and Mohd Hanafiah Dolah and saw his boys fall behind 7-10 in the first set.
A pep talk and change of strategy during a time-out then saw Malaysia scoring six consecutive points to take the lead and secure a 15-11 win.
In the second set, Malaysia squandered an 8-5 lead to allow China to level at 8-8. Jamaluddin took no chances, bringing in Ahmad Aizat and Norshahruddin. Alongside Syazreen, Malaysia’s first-choice trio traded points with China until both teams were level at 14-14 before prevailing 16-14 to check into the semis.
“The important thing is we won,” said Jamaluddin after the match.
The win sees Malaysia setting up a mouth-watering clash against world No. 3 South Korea in Sunday’s semi-finals.
The Koreans beat Japan 2-0 (15-10, 15-9) in the other quarter-final.
And world No. 2 Malaysia have reshuffled their team in a bid to win the second-leg of the Series and avenge their 3-0 loss to the Koreans in the final of the first-leg in New Delhi last month.
In the other quarter-final ties on Saturday, the US defeated Iran 2-1 (8-15, 15-12, 15-12) to set up a last four clash against hosts Thailand, who beat Singapore 2-0 (15-4, 15-8).
In the women’s compettition, Thailand ended Malaysia’s run at the Series with a 3-0 (15-5, 15-2, 15-5) win to cruise into the final to face South Korea, who beat Vietnam 3-1 (15-13, 15-11, 5-15, 15-8).
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