KUALA LUMPUR: The Ng Eain Yow-led Malaysia edged South Korea 2-1 to top Group B of the men's team squash event at the Asian Games in Hangzhou on Thursday.
Defending champions Malaysia will face Group B runners-up and top seeds India in the semi-finals on Friday at Hangzhou Sports Squash Centre.
Group B champions and third seeds Hong Kong will take on Group A champions Pakistan for a place in the final.
Fourth seeds Pakistan stunned India 2-1 in the group match on Wednesday.
World No. 18 Eain Yow gave the first point for Malaysia with an 11-4, 11-3, 12-10 win over Leung Chi Hin.
Veteran Ivan Yuen, who is featuring in his fourth Asian Games, failed to deliver the winning point. Tang Ming Hong beat Ivan 6-11, 11-5, 11-7, 4-11, 3-11 to level the score.
But Syafiq Kamal saved the day for Malaysia by coming back from a set down to beat Wong Chi Him 3-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-9.
Team manager Nafzahizam Adnan said it was the first time they had dropped a point in five group matches.
"It won't be easy playing against India as they are the top seeds and powered by world No. 19 Saurav Ghosal.
"We might rest Ivan and play Addeen Idrakie in the first match tomorrow. We hope for a good start in the first match.
"We also hope that Eain Yow will get the better of Saurav in the second match. Syafiq is playing well and we hope that he too will rise to the occasion and deliver in the semi-finals," said Nafzahizam.