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Thailand beat China 3-1 (21-25, 25-14, 25-21, 25-20) - duration 1:34
09-Jul, start time: 13:30, end time: 15:04 - Attendance: 3,700
Thailand beat China 3-1 (21-25 25-14 25-21 25-20)
In a do-or-die battle, China started with an attack right from the opening whistle, with the tall Yu Dawei, who stands 200cm tall, producing fast spikes to help the visitors lead 10-7. Inspired by the drum-beating home crowd, the Thai boys hit back with fierce attack, but they still suffered on receiving, leaving the Chinese to lead them all the way. At 20-20, China kept up the pressure and continued their superb form, allowing the Thais only one more point from Wanchai Tabwises thundering spike before wrapping up the hard-fought first set 25-21.

After conceding the opening set, Thailand regained their composure in the second set, with Wanchai demonstrating his talent to spike devastatingly to put the team in front 16-10. It seemed the home players excelled in offence, but their defence was below their par. However, it was just the Thai boys came at the right time to attack relentlessly, while China became more prone with errors. Thailand stretched the lead to 20-10 and 23-12,t hanks to their stubborn defence. From then on, the Thai players never looked back to win the one-sided set 25-14.

Thailand took command initially to lead 6-1. To improve their game, China fielded substitutions including Zhang Mingwei and Yu Yue. Still, the Thais went on their brave fight to widen the gap to 15-10, thanks to smashing machines Wanchais lightning spikes. With the tough rivals hot on their heels to trail narrowly 14-17, Thailand asked for time-out to break the Chinas comeback. Nevertheless, the Thais intention was in vain. China successfully tied the score at 19-all. A big thumb-up went to Wanchais exceptional form since he was instrumental in lifting the Thailands 25-21 win in the third set.

Wanchai scored the Thailands first six points through his devastating spikes and terrific jump serves to help the team take the commanding 8-2 lead. Cheered on lustily by home fans, the Thai boys marched on their lustrous form. After leading 18-9, Thailand stretched their hands and smashed their ways to win the set 25-2