Sandhu shoots a perfect 68, placing him second and Chikka eighth, but Kapur errs at the Yeangder TPC.

Indias Ajeetesh Sandhu holds within striking distance of leader Chapchai Nirat . Sandhu shoots bogey-free 4-under 68 to make nine-under 135 at halfway stage of Yeangder TPC .

LINKOU (Chinese Taipei): At the halfway stage of the Yeangder TPC, Indias Ajeetesh Sandhu shot a bogey-free 4-under 68 and held within striking distance of leader Chapchai Nirat.Sandhu, who shot 67 in the first round, then added a 68 to make nine-under 135, and Chapchai, who shot 8-under 64 in the first round, added 8-under 64 to get to 11-under.Sandhu was in a tie for second place with Sette Prakongvech (69-66), Chieh-po Lee (67-68) and Barry Henson (68-67).Shiv Kapur, the first-round leader, slipped to Tied-13th after a second round of 74, which was 10 shots higher than his first round 64.

Honey Baisoya (71-69), Rahil Gangjee (70-70), and Udayan Mane (71-71) were the only Indians to make the cut in T-30, while Veer Ahlawat (70-72), Karandeep Kochhar (74-68), and Udayan Mane (71-71).After a 74 in the first round, Kochhar improved to 68 in second, while SSP Chawrasia, who shot 75 in the first round, carded 68 in second to make it to the T-57th round.Manu Gandas (70-73) was also on the ballot in T-57.At T-63rd, Aman Raj (70-74) was too pressed inside the cut line.

Sandhu, who won here in 2017, had two birdies on either side of the Linkou Golf and Country Club.He had no bogeys.Chikkarangappa also had a great round with four birdies as he climbed inside the Top 10.Rashid, the Asian Tour champion who won the title in 2014, had three birdies and one bogey, while Kapur had a rough day with four birdies and six bogeys.

His last Asian Tour victory came in 2014, but he showed glimpses of his old self as he made nine birdies before dropping his only shot on the penultimate hole.Hsieh Cheng-wei, a Chinese-Taipei teenage amateur, stole a lot of attention after adding a 74 to his opening 69 to get one under and become the first male player to make the cut on one of the games' major Tours.At 14 years and 33 days old, he set the previous record set by Chinas Guan Tian-lang, set at the 2013 Masters, when he was 14 years and 169 days.