'It was a long, long day. Kind of a survival round really,' Els said. 'It wasn't a lot of fun. ... My timing is a bit off and I'm just not quite hitting the shots.'
The South African star had four bogeys and a birdie Saturday.
Pilkadaris also shot a 75 to take a 2-under 214 total into the final round of the Asian Tour event. American left-hander Edward Loar had a 73 to join Els at 1 under.
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