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Chan and Joshi share halfway lead in Delhi

Chan Kim of the US in Hua Hin on January 26, 2013
This photograph supplied by the Asian Tour shows Chan Kim of the US in Hua Hin on January 26, 2013. Chan shot a four-under-par 68 on Thursday to tie the lead with fellow rookie India's Khalin Joshi at the SAIL-SBI Open in New Delhi.

Chan Kim from the United States shot a four-under-par 68 on Thursday to tie the lead with fellow rookie India's Khalin Joshi at the SAIL-SBI Open in New Delhi.

The two newcomers maintained sparkling form with 20-year-old Joshi, who is making his professional debut on the Asian Tour, clocking a three-under-par 69.

Qualifying School winner Chan birdied his last four holes and now has a nine-under-par 135 total in the US$300,000 event.

A shot behind are India's Rashid Khan, who stormed into contention with a sensational 64, and Siddikur of Bangladesh who returned a second successive 68. Indian Rahil Gangjee shot a 66 with two eagles to end the day two shots back.

Title holder Anirban Lahiri worked his way into the title mix with a 68, placing him on 139 alongside another home star Shiv Kapur, who scored a 70, and Thai duo Pawin Ingkhapradit (69) and Thitiphun Chuayprakong (67).

Joshi, India's number one amateur last year, produced the shot of the round with an exquisite chip-in eagle on 14 before rolling in a six-footer at the last hole which he celebrated with a clenched fist.

"I didn't feel any pressure. I just wanted to go out there and do the best that I could. I'm looking forward to the next two days," he said.

Chan produced a grandstand finish in his afternoon round to share the lead with Joshi. "I did feel some nerves in the last two holes and I controlled it well enough and stayed focussed," he said.

Scores after round two of the SAIL-SBI Open being played at par 72, 6,935 Yards Delhi Golf Club course:

135 - Khalin JOSHI (IND) 66-69, Chan KIM (USA) 67-68.

136 - Rashid KHAN (IND) 72-64, SIDDIKUR (BAN) 68-68.

137 - Rahil GANGJEE (IND) 71-66.

138 - Chiragh KUMAR (IND) 68-70.

139 - Anirban LAHIRI (IND) 71-68, Pawin INGKHAPRADIT (THA) 70-69, Shiv KAPUR (IND) 69-70, Thitiphun CHUAYPRAKONG (THA) 72-67.

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