Top seed Ritwik Bhattacharya advanced to the finals of NSC Super Satellite squash tournament in Kuala Lumpur after a riveting five-game victory over third seed local favourite Nafiizwan Adnan on Sunday.
Ritwik beat Adnan 11-10 (10-8) 5-11 6-11 11-10 (5-3) 11-9 in a marathon battle lasting 70 minutes.
The 29-year-old will take on fourth seed Pakistani Bilal Zaman in the finals tomorrow.
"He (Adnan) played some excellent squash. I didn't do very well but hung in there and played with a lot of grit. It was extremely tight in the end and I am glad that I got the job done," said Ritwik from Kuala Lumpur.
"I need a good stretch now and I am looking forward to the final tomorrow," he added.
Meanwhile, in the women's competition Joshna Chinappa crashed out in the semis of the $7,000 event.
The second seed went down 7-9 9-4 2-9 5-9 to Malaysian Lim Yoke Wah.