Defending champion SSP Chawrasia was leading jointly at the weather-hit Hero Indian Open in New Delhi on Saturday along with Eddie Pepperell of England and Spain's Carlos Pigem.

With over four hours of play lost to thunder and lightning on days one and two, the three leading players will return on Sunday morning to finish the third round.

Chawrasia and Pepperell reached six-under with seven to play when darkness descended, while Pigem will face a putt on the 12th green when play resumes at the DLF Golf and Country Club on Sunday.

Malaysian Gavin Green was a shot off the lead with one hole to play in fading light.

Chawrasia, the five-time Asian Tour winner who was leading overnight, missed a short putt to bogey the second but bounced straight back to maintain his position at the top.


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"I stuck to the same game-plan that I had for the first two rounds," said Chawrasia, 38.

"I just wanted to hit straight, keep the ball in play and keep giving myself chances all the time."

After five opening pars, Pepperell dropped a shot on the sixth before back-to-back gains on the eighth and ninth moved him back to the top of the leaderboard.

"The greens are firm, the pin positions are tricky... It's difficult. The fairways are tight, there's no let-up," said the Englishman.

"You need to hit good shot after good shot. I've just got to keep doing what I'm doing. I've got a game-plan."

The event, sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour for the third straight year, carries an enhanced prize purse of $1.75 million.