KUALA LUMPUR: Four Indians, including Shiv Kapur and C. Muniyappa, missed the halfway cut as just half of India's 10-man contingent completed their second round before bad light dropped early curtains on the Malaysian Open here on Friday.

Veteran Jyoti Randhawa withdrew after his nightmarish opening round of 77, while it was the end of the road for Muniyappa (145), Kapur (146) and Himmat Singh Rai (146) who fell outside the cut applied at 144. Anirban Lahiri, who carded 75 on Thursday, needs a three-under in the second round to remain in the fray while two-time winner Arjun Atwal, who had opened his campaign with an even-par 72, was at the provisional 15th place at three-under with five holes to go in his second round.

Joining him was Kolkata pro S.S.P. Chowrasia, who was even par after just two holes. Digvijay Singh was two-under overall with 16 holes to go.

Rising star Gaganjeet Bhullar (143) carded a one-under 71 to lie tied 39th. Rahil Gangjee (143) managed to complete his round but his three-over 75 was far from satisfactory after a brilliant four-under 68 in the opening round. Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat held a one-shot lead after negotiating 14 holes of his second round in five-under-par at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club to lead the $two million event with nine-under-par. — PTI

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