(Reuters) - Spain\u2019s Nacho Elvira took a two-shot lead over American David Lipsky after the 3rd spherical of the Maybank Championship in Kuala Lumpur on a scorching and humid Saturday to transport one step nearer to his first Ecu Excursion identify. Again-to-back birdies at the ultimate two holes and 5 birdies earlier than that gave Elvira a six under-par 66 within the 3rd spherical on the Saujana Golfing and Nation Membership. 2017 runner-up Lipsky and Australian Scott Hend carded 67s. Germany\u2019s Maximilian Kieffer, Thailand\u2019s Jazz Janewattananond and Hend have been tied for the 3rd spot, 3 strokes in the back of Elvira. \u201cI\u2019m more than pleased with a 66,\u201d Elvira, who was once joint chief after the primary spherical, advised newshounds. \u201cIt might be nice to start out right here (profitable at the Ecu Excursion) however I truly don\u2019t take into consideration it an excessive amount of. \u201cI really like the way in which issues are presently with my swing. I really like the way in which I\u2019ve grew to become spherical my season a little bit bit, let\u2019s see what day after today brings.\u201d Thomas Pieters, who had a one-shot lead after the second one spherical on Friday, surrendered his benefit with a deficient appearing at the again 9 the place he had 3 double bogeys to complete six-over par. Former global primary Ernie Els is 4 strokes in the back of Elvira. The South African is tied for 6th with Frenchman Benjamin Hebert, whose seven-under 65 was once the bottom spherical of the day. Reporting by way of Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; modifying by way of Sudipto GangulyOur Requirements:The Thomson Reuters Agree with Ideas.