Malaysia beat Nepal to play Japan in BATC quarter-finals

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Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin is one of Malaysia's rising badminton stars.

Hyderabad: Three Men’s singles players Zulfadli Zulkiffli, Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, Soong Joo Ven sealed a quarter-final berth for Malaysia in the Badminton Asia Team Championships (BATC) on Wednesday as Japan (Group B) and Indonesia (Group C) also joined already qualified India, China from Group A and Korea, Hong Kong from Group D.Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin is one of Malaysia's rising badminton stars.

In the tie against Nepal, Zulfadli Zulkiffli, the World No. 38, spearheaded Malaysia’s first men’s singles challenge and claimed a 21-5, 21-5 victory over Sajan Krishna Tamrakar in just 17 minutes.

Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin then needed only 15 minutes to completely outgunned Bishnu Katwal 21-3, 21-4.

Soong Joo Ven kept the Malaysia’s victory in check as he held off Nabin Shrestha to win 21-9, 21-12 and clinched the third point for his team.

In the next two men’s doubles matches that had no impact in determining the winner of the tie, Malaysia’s Low Juan Shen/Tan Kian Meng trashed Bishnu Katwal/Bikash Shrestha with a 21-8, 21-6 victory while Tan Chee Tean/Tan Wee Gieen dismissed Sudeep Sedhai/Sajan Krishna Tamrakar 21-6, 21-12.

Malaysia men’s team will play Japan in their final group tie on Thursday to decide who would be the champions of Group B.

Below are the Day 3 Badminton Asia Team Championships (BATC) Results:

MEN
Group A: India beat Singapore 5-0
Group B: Japan beat Sri Lanka 5-0
Group B: Malaysia beat Nepal 5-0
Group C: Indonesia beat Chinese Taipei 3-2
Group C: Thailand beat Maldives 5-0
Group D: Hong Kong beat Philippines 4-1

WOMEN
Group C: Indonesia beat Maldives 5-0
Group D: India beat Singapore 5-0

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