Kapur with rounds of 68 and 67 is seven-under 135 and lying sole second. He was one behind Japan's Kodai Ichihara. Ichichara is also chasing for a career breakthrough win and leads at eight-under-par 134 at the Chiba Country Club, Umesato course.

Two other Indians Rahil Gangjee (69-73) in tied-39th, down from overnight tied 13th and Jeev Milkha Singh (74-70) up from tied 88th overnight to the cutline at tied 61 made the cut. The cut fell at two-over as Chiragh Kumar (74-72), Gaganjeet Bhullar (73-73), Jyoti Randhawa (72-74) and Himmat Rai (75-74) missed out.
     
Four time winner in Japan, Jeev was helped by a late birdie on 14th and it gave him a chance to make up for the first round 74, when he had double bogeys on 10th and 14th. His driving was still off, but he putted well and stayed on for the weekend. The 34-year-old Kapur said having his friend Neeraj back on the bag was helpful.

"He has helped me prepare and do well for this week and it showed. The pins were tough and winds blustery, so one had to be disciplined. I drove well and putted well. Hope I can keep doing it next two days."

Kapur, who had six birdies against two bogeys laughed and said,"All the credit goes to the wife Maya. I can't deny that. Ever since I got engaged, I've been playing well."
     
Kapur, chasing his first Asian Tour title since winning the 2005 Volvo Masters of Asia added,"It was pretty good with the way the wind was blowing. It was tough to pick where the wind was coming from but I hope the conditions stay like this during the weekend.

 

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