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    Published on 05-14-2010 11:14 PM

    Olympic champion Lin Dan crushed world number one Lee Chong Wei in a Clash of the Titans on Friday as China outgunned hosts Malaysia to set up a Thomas Cup final with second seeds Indonesia.
    The odds were stacked against Malaysia with China fielding some of the world's best players and a win by Lee seen as the home side's only chance of getting through.
    But a capacity, 16,000 crowd sensed their team was on its way out when left-handed world number two Lin pipped an out-of-sorts Lee 21-17 in the first game before sealing the Malaysian star's fate with 21-8 thrashing in the second.
    The Chinese ace celebrated by taking off his shirt and throwing it on the court before raising his racquet in a salute to the crowd.
    "I played very well today and taking the first point for my team was a morale booster," he said. "It is always important to win the first point."
    "It was not my game. The whole match was disappointing," said Korean Open, Malaysian Open and All-England champion Lee, who admitted he "thought too much in wanting to win the Thomas Cup" and lost focus.
    The tournament favourites turned the screw with doubles world number eight pairing Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng overwhelming Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong to win 21-15, 21-10.
    And China killed off Malaysia's hopes when world number three Chen Ji proved too good for Wong Choong Hann, Chen cruising home 21-16, 21-7.
    China will be firm favourites on Sunday against Indonesia, who smashed their way to a record 17th Thomas Cup final earlier, delivering Japan an unforgettable master class in athleticism, agility and passion.
    But China's chief coach Li Yongbo said any scoreline was possible and his players would have to be on top of their game.
    "I still respect Malaysia a lot but overall the Chinese players were better than the Malaysians and that is why we won," he said.