However, the third Indian in the fray, Shiv Kapur, missed out and made an early exit adding 71 to his first round 76.

Lahiri opened the second round with a bogey, but then holed five birdies and no more bogeys for his 68.

Jeev had three birdies and four bogeys, two of them in last four holes for his 73 that saw him slip to tied 13th to tied 41st.

Meanwhile, US Open champion Martin Kaymer matched his 36 hole scoring record of 13-under par to enter the final two rounds of this year's event a stroke clear of Thomas Pieters, on a day when World Number One Rory McIlroy had the first hole in one of his European Tour career.

The German's 67 on day two saw him equal the mark he set back in 2008 en route to the first of three titles so far at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, and thanks to a flawless round of five birdies in the desert sunshine, he is in pole position to make it four this weekend.

As a result of his ace at the par three 15th hole, thanks to a pin-point nine iron from 177 yards, McIlroy carded a 66 to earn a place in the penultimate group on Moving Day.

He will play alongside England's James Morrison, who will start two shots further adrift on Saturday, as he looks to improve on an Abu Dhabi record that has seen him unable to make the cut in three previous starts.

Playing alongside McIlroy on day two, America's Rickie Fowler carded a triple-bogey on the par five eighth, which alongside two bogeys and a couple of birdies saw him make the cut on the mark at two under.

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