In a powerful display, India A took the sole lead with maximum points after a comprehensive victory 3.5-0.5 over a young Indonesian team, the rout beginning with P Harikishnan who finally hit form after successive draws, and he was then joined by his captain Sasikiran Krishnan and Deepan Chakkravarthy J who eventually ground down their opponents.
(India A vs Indonesia)
Vietnam and Iran however remained very much in contention with 3-1 and 3.5-0.5 wins over India B and Singapore respectively to remain just one point behind.
In the bottom half of the draw, Bangladesh took its first points with an easy victory 4-0 over Yemen while Sri Lanka moved up to three points with a hard fought 2.5-1.5 win over Nepal after handicapping a walkover when their board four could not make the game in time from the airport.
In a top of the table clash, favourites India A and Vietnam met, and after India A took a 2-0 lead Vietnam fought back to tie 2-2. Harika Dronavelli and Tania Sachdev won for India while Nguyen Thi Thanh An and Hoang Thi Nhu Y with late wins ensured the draw for Vietnam
(Hoang Thi Nhu Y started the Vietnam recovery, her win reducing the score to 1-2)
Singapore's run also came to an end against an experienced Iran side and so suffered a 0-4 whitewash, Bangladesh surprised Indonesia 2-2 while India B, as expected, crushed Nepal 4-0, and it was Sri Lanka's turn to enjoy.time off with a 2-0 bye.