PETALING JAYA: Lee Chong Wei gave Malaysia a winning start in the quest to recapture the prestigious Thomas Cup after 22 years against Japan in New Delhi on Sunday.
However, the Japanese drew level in the second game in the first doubles game to tie the score at 1-1 in the five-game final.
Lee, the World No 1, opened winning accounts for Malaysia by beating Kenichi Tago in the first game 21-12, 21-16.
It was a hard fought game, especially in the second set, with Tago racing away with a four-point lead at one stage.
Lee managed to claw his way back to contention to draw 15-15 before pulling away to beat Tago 21-16.
The first doubles game between Kenichi Hayakawa-Hiroyuki Endo and Tan Boon Heong-Hoon Thien How was a nail-biting three set thriller.
In the decider, the two pairs matched point for point but the Japanese hung on to their lead to win 21-19.
Thee second singles between Kento Momoto and Chong Wei Feng is now underway.
Here is the line-up for the final:
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