Malaysia thrashed Pakistan 2-0 in the semifinals of the 18th Asian Games men’s team event in Jakarta on Friday.
According to Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) Game Development Officer Flight Lieutenant Aamir Iqbal, in the first match, Tayyab Aslam was up against Nafizwan. Nafizwan, who is at the twilight of his career, never gave Tayyab any chance to settle down and simply outclassed the Pakistani top seed to win the encounter in straight games. The Malaysian won the first game 11-8, took the second 11-6 and won the third 11-6 to give Malaysia 1-0 lead.
After Tayyab defeat, it was all left on the shoulders of Israr to keep Pakistan hopes alive in the semifinals. But Israr was simply looking out of sorts and lost the match 1-3 against Ng Eian Yow. Israr took the first game 11-7, but after that, Eian won the second game 11-8, took the third 16-14 and fourth 11-6 to send Pakistan team packing and marched into the finals.