Choong Hon Jian-Haikal Nazri were craving for ‘nasi briyani’ right after they clinched the Syed Modi International men’s doubles title on Sunday courtesy of a fired-up performance to stun top seeds Akira Koga-Taichi Saito.

Winning this Super 300 event came as a surprise even for these shuttlers, who were paired together only four months ago following a reshuffle.

In addition to that, this world number 93 combination were given a tough draw that included facing fourth and second seeded Mark Lamsfuss-Marvin Seidel and Ben Lane-Sean Vendy en route to the final.

Having aced those tests, they passed the final hurdle with flying colours after coming from a game down to beat Koga-Saito 18-21, 21-18, 21-16 in a 63-minute battle.

Haikal, who was a nervous figure in the first game, admitted once he overcame those jitters, everything fell into place.

“I was nervous in the first game. I knew I had to change something and after that, I managed to reset in the second game. We also have our coach to thank for guiding us from behind. He told us to find confidence in our game.

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“He was right, once we found our confidence everything started to fall into place. We certainly didn’t expect to reach the final, let alone win this tournament. This is a great start for our partnership and I hope we can stay consistent after this to aim for more titles,” he said.

In winning their maiden title as a pair, Choong-Haikal ensured Malaysia clinched successive men’s doubles titles at the Syed Modi International after Tee Kai Wun-Man Wei Chong achieved it last year.

Choong-Haikal’s victory also meant Malaysian men’s doubles pairs have now clinched six titles on the World Tour this year, with Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik, Tee-Man and Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin being the others who did so at the Denmark, Taipei & U.S. Open as well as the Kaohsiung and Abu Dhabi Masters.

Chia-Soh will have the opportunity to claim a seventh men's doubles title for Malaysia should they triumph at the upcoming World Tour Finals (Dec 13-17).