Lahiri, who had rounds of 70 and 75 on first two days and was languishing in 61st place moved to Tied-40th.
"I'm more relieved than anything else. I've been playing well but just haven't come up with a good score. I was slightly disappointed to have left a couple of shots out there coming in, but it was great round and I'm happy that it's come around today and I've got a chance to move up tomorrow," said Lahiri.
SSP Chawrasia, India's other representative at Asia's richest tournament, meanwhile posted a 71 for a 212 total.
"I'm playing well but I missed several short putts today which I hope will not happen again tomorrow," said Chawrasia, who was now Tied-43rd at four-under for 54 holes.
Lahiri's round was marred by a double bogey on par-5 eighth hole for the second day in a row. He hit his third shot into the water from the fairway again. This time he played a shot from the hazard, but it went over the green and then missed his up and down from there. But he did make up with a birdie on the ninth with a 15-foot putt on his closing hole.

Meanwhile, Kevin Kisner continued his march towards a maiden WGC-HSBC Champions title, but the American has a whole host of rivals– including his compatriot Dustin Johnson and local hero Li Hao-tong– snapping at his heels at Sheshan International Golf Club.

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