The Malaysian men’s team were crowned champions of the Asia Team Championships after they thrashed Indonesia 3-0 for a resounding victory in the final held at the Setia Alam Convention Centre on Sunday.

The victory over the Indonesians was sweet after defeat to the same opponents in the final two years ago, and in doing so, Malaysia also lived up to billing by virtue of lifting the trophy as the strongest team in the competition.

They also won the tournament for the first time since its inception in 2016.

Lee Zii Jia delivered the first point when he came from behind to beat Dwi Wardoyo 14-21, 21-12, 21-10 in a 50-minute contest.

Lee didn’t get off to a good start and lost the first game, just as he did in the first two encounters against Japan and South Korea.

But as expected, he rallied back in the second game when he played on the right side of the court where the wind conditions favoured him.

Dwi looked up to the task in the opening half of the deciding game, but wilted away to allow the Malaysian to come away with the precious lead.

Lee later said he was not back at his best yet, and that he was only operating at 70% of his actual ability.

“I still have a lot to improve on, especially when it comes to refining my skills,” he said.

Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi was next up against upcoming pair Leo Rolly Carnando-Daniel Marthin and they duly extended their flawless record over the Indonesians with a 17-21, 21-13, 21-18 in a 56-minute encounter.

Chia-Soh struggled with the pace of Leo-Daniel in the first game to concede the opening game.

But they soon found their rhythm in the second to net a comfortable win, and kept their cool in many tense exchanges in the deciding game to come away with the slim victory.

With Malaysia 2-0 to the good, once again it was left to Ng Tze Yong to deliver the winning point and he did so in style, defeating Rumbay Ikhsan 21-14, 21-15 in 47 minutes.

The entire national contingent rushed in to embrace the shuttler and celebrate an unprecedented victory, in front of the 300-odd screaming odd fans.

Ng said going to the match leading at 2-0 allayed any pressure on him.

“I have to thank my team-mates for the lead, as it allowed me to be confident and took away a lot of the pressure. I personally did not expect us to go all the way through, but we were exceptional throughout.

“As for my game, I was more daring to change my strategy, not being too attack minded and rushing in for the smashes,” he said.

It was not all doom and gloom for Indonesia, who returned home with the women’s title after they beat South Korea 3-1.

Gregoria Tunjung gave Indonesia the lead with a 21-9, 21-10 win over Sim Yu-jin.

Febriana Kusuma-Amalia Pratiwi then lost to Baek Ha-na-Seong Seung Yeon 15-21, 21-14, 14-21, but Putri Wardani and Nita Marwah-Tria Mayasari delivered the next two points for the victory.