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Malaysia disposed India in the opening round of the Thomas Cup Finals 2014 at New Delhi, India with a quite convincing score of 4-1. On paper with Malaysia’s weakest team ever assembled, displayed yesterday that they still have a depth in talented and reliable players in the team other than world number 1 Lee Chong Wei.
Malaysia would actually look bad if they lost to the much improved and host India but remain focused and goal driven to actually handle the home crowd support and romped in the win.
After Lee Chong Wei, took the first point against K. Srikanth 21-19, 21-12 for the first point and scratch pair of 2004 World Junior Champions of Tan Boon Heong-Hoo Thien How took the second point with a 21-14, 21-11 win over Sumeeth Reddy-Manu Attri.
In the 2nd singles, Chong Wei Feng gave the whole nation a surprise by handling the pressure well to chalked up a win against much reputable opponent P.Kashyap 21-13, 21-6 . P. Kashyap was the London Olympic Games quarter-finalist and was the favorite to score a point for India, but Chong Wei Feng who was known to have some problems in dealing with pressure during intense matches, kept his composure and gave Malaysia a 3-0 win over India.
Despite having a 3-0 win, they still the play all 5 matches during the preliminary rounds and 3 matches for the knock out rounds which begin with the quarter-finals.
Malaysia’s fourth point came through by yet another scratch pair of Tan Wee Kiong-Goh V Shem who was looking anxious to sealed the game by dropping the second game, but recovered to score a 21-17, 14-21, 21-14 win over Akshay Dewalkar-Pranaav Jerry Chopra.
A small set-back was from team Captain Liew Daren, who was looking a little nervous and went down fighting R.M.V. Gurusaidutt 21-18, 13-21, 19-21 in the 3rd singles.
Malaysia at the hotel lobby getting ready to go the stadium for their battle against Germany today.