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The Malaysia men's team celebrate after defeating Indonesia 2-1 in their last Group A match of the ISTAF SuperSeries in Kota Kinabalu.
KOTA KINABALU: Malaysia kept fans on the edge of their seats as they downed Indonesia 2-1 in their final Group A match of the ISTAF SuperSeries at the Likas Sports Complex.
Spurred on by an almost full house of supporters, Malaysia's first choice trio of Noor Azman Abdul Hamid, Mohd Syazreen Qamar Salehan and Mohd Hanafiah Dolah started off well by winning the first set 15-9.
In the second set, Indonesia replaced their second choice tekong Abrian Sihab Aldi Latama with first choice Viktor Eka Prasetya to make the match more challenging for the local boys.
With the experienced 22-year-old Viktor at the helm, the Indonesians took a 7-1 lead.
Coach Jamaluddin Hassan then brought in second choice tekong Fazil Mohd Asri but the Indonesians were too strong and went on to win 8-15.
In the third set, both teams traded points until the score stood at 12-12. Viktor Eka then made two uncharacteristic errors before Mohd Hanafiah sealed the set and the match with a spike to give Malaysia a 15-12 win.
“I’m so proud of my team,” said an elated Jamaluddin. “Many people thought we could not beat Indonesia as they have been the more consistent team, but we proven that we can pull through even without (injured striker) Norshahruddin Mad Ghani.”
Malaysia will meet Singapore in the quarter-finals on Saturday.
In the women's event, Malaysia who have already qualified for the semi-finals, lost to Vietnam 15-11, 17-15, 15-10 in their final Group A match.
Malaysia will now meet Thailand in the semi-finals.
Top seeded Thailand on Friday defeated Indonesia 15-13, 15-7, in their last Group B match.
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