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by shamshul fitri
The Malaysian sepak takraw team rejoice after beating Singapore in the ISTAF Super Series quarter-final match at Likas Stadium on Saturday. - BERNAMA Photo
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia emerged triumphant in the ISTAF SuperSeries sepak takraw 2013/14 quarter-final match against Singapore 15-7, 14-16, 15-2 at Likas Stadium in Sabah on Saturday.
National coach Jamaluddin Hassan, in trying out different combinations in anticipation of a place in the semi-final, started with team mainstay Mohd Syazreen Qamar Salehan and SuperSeries first-timers Fazil Mohd Asri and Kamal Alfiza Shafie.
After easily winning the first set 15-7, however, things started to go awry with his selection.
After leading 7-1 in the second, sloppy play by Kamal Alfiza saw their lead slowly disappear until both teams were level at 14-14.
Jamaluddin then brought in first choice striker Hanafiah Dollah but it was too late as the unseeded Singaporeans hung on to win 16-14.
Stung by their defeat in the second set, Malaysia came back with a vengeance in the third. Despite some stout defending by Singapore’s tekong, Danial Feriza Padzli, Malaysia stormed to a 12-0 lead, then allowed their opponents two consolation points before winning 15-2.
“We lost in the second set because Kamal Alfiza made a lot of mistakes,” said Jamaluddin.
“But I’m pleased with the way Fazil has improved from our last match, which is good news as I don’t want to depend only on my first choice players.”
Malaysia will meet Japan in the semi-finals on Sunday.
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