The wheels seemed to have fallen off for the 25-year-old Indian after consecutive bogeys on holes 14 and 15. However, he made a fantastic recovery after the turn by sinking five birdies in a row from holes one to five. Another birdie on nine put him in a prime spot going into the weekend rounds.
Kurt Kitayama of the United States went into the clubhouse with the tournament lead after carding another seven-under-par 65 on Friday.
The 25-year-old hit a slight setback early in the day as he made a double bogey at the par-five second after sinking a birdie on the first. However, he displayed plenty of resolve and skill by carding four consecutive birdies in the next four holes at the Four Seasons Golf Club, Mauritius at Anahita.
Kitayama, who is enjoying a successful season on the Asian Tour after making the mark at this year’s Qualifying School, sunk three more birdies on his inward nine before signing for a 13-under-par 131 total at the event, tri-sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and the Sunshine Tour.
Justin Harding made the cut for the first time at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, and he did it magnificently. The South African may have missed the ample fairways at most of the holes, but he managed to bring himself back into contention with four consecutive birdies of his own, also from holes two to five.
He is six shots behind the clubhouse leader, Kitayama, at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open.