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Chopra on top in Malaysia

Daniel Chopra posted a six-under-par 66 to take the second-round lead at the weather-interrupted Iskandar Johor Open in Malaysia.

Three-time Asian Tour winner Chapchai Nirat of Thailand signed for a 67 to pile the pressure on Swede Chopra, while Filipino Antonio Lascuna was tied for third with India's S S P Chowrasia, Unho Park of Australia and American David Lipsky.

The bad weather had forced organisers to reduce the event to 54 holes and Chopra, who won his first professional title at the 1993 Johor Open and was pipped to the title by Dutchman Joost Luiten last year, was delighted to take pole position at the Horizon Hills Golf and Country Club.

Chopra did not start his second round on Friday but the two-time US PGA Tour winner quickly made up for lost time by marking his flawless card with six birdies when he returned in the morning.

He was especially delighted that he managed to complete his round and a his two-day total of 10 under par right as the sirens blew for a play suspension that lasted nearly three hours.

"I'm very lucky to be able to putt out on the last," he said. "I'll get another afternoon off and watch it rain. It was almost similar on the first day where we were the last group to finish. I was on the good side of the draw this time but I've been on the bad side before. It all evens out but it is definitely an advantage."

Australia's Marcus Fraser remained on course to become the first Australian to win the Asian Tour Order of Merit after he returned with a 68 to lead Thailand's Thaworn Wiratchant by two shots.

Fraser needs to finish ahead of Thaworn and earn more than $25,000 more than the Thai.