Black Mountain sponsored player Rikard Karlberg gave himself a fighting chance to snatch the SAIL-SBI Open title with his score of eight-under just before the third round was suspended due to inclement weather on Friday.

Karlberg, who won twice at the Delhi Golf Club in 2010, was five-under for the day through 15 holes when officials abandoned play.

The leaders Mithun Perera and Rashid Khan were tied for the lead on -13 but they will have more than 30 holes to play on Saturday with the third round resuming at 7.30am and the players heading out for the final round in the same groupings from 9am.

Karlberg needed a huge lift to ignite his title charge and he put in a spirited performance when he turned in 34 before adding three straight birdies from the 12th hole. He is still bogey free after 15 holes.

Meanwhile Berry Henson of the United was even-par after nine holes and is currently tied in 54th position.

At the PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship in Malaysia, Sweden’s Malcolm Kokocinski stayed in the hunt for his first Asian Development Tour (ADT) title.

The Swede, who used the facilities at Black Mountain to prepare himself for the Asian Tour Qualifying School earlier this year, posted a third round 65 to trail the leader Wisut Artjanawat of Thailand by four shots.