Sujjan and Himmat in the joint lead

Sujjan and Himmat are currently in the joint lead with a three-day total of eight-under 208 here.Bangalore's Abhishek Jha, meanwhile, broke the course record with an eight-under 64 today to lie tied second along with Shamim Khan of Delhi at five-under 211.

Sujjan (69-72), an Asian Tour regular, fired a solid bogey-free 67 in round three that pushed him from overnight eighth position to the top of the leaderboard.

Sujjan, who was four strokes off the pace at the end of round two, picked up birdies on the fourth, fifth and seventh after sinking some long putts.

Sujjan added two more birdies to his card on the 13th and 18th holes. He holed a 35 feet putt on the 18th to end the day on a high.

"I started off with some decent par putts on the first two holes that got my confidence going. I made a crucial birdie on the seventh as that hole was playing tough. I hit most of the greens and made some long putts especially on the fifth and the 18th. I adapted well to the conditions as the wind switched its direction today," said Sujjan.Himmat (67-73) joined Sujjan as one of the top contenders for the title after shooting a four-under 68 laced with five birdies against a bogey.

Abhishek (74-73) smashed a bogey-free 64 today to break Anirban Lahiri's one-year-old course record of 65. The Bangalore-based Jha sank a 25-footer for birdie on the 17th and also chipped-in from the bunker for birdie on the third.

Abhishek's third round effort propelled him from overnight tied 25th to tied third. Shamim Khan (70-69-72) too grabbed a share of third place at five-under 211 after he returned an even-par 72.

Raju Ali Mollah, Mukesh Kumar and overnight leader Kunal Bhasin are in tied fifth at four-under 212.

Gaganjeet Bhullar lies tied ninth at two-under 214 and Anirban Lahiri is tied 11th at one-under 215

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