Saudi Arabia v Singapore at Selangor Turf Club, Kuala Lumpur

Another close match saw Singapore scrape home by 2 wickets, thanks to the cool heads of their ninth-wicket pair Tan Wee Keng and Prem Dadlani. They put on 28 runs in 12 tension-packed overs, as Saudi Arabia did their utmost to claim victory.

Singapore will have been surprised by Saudi Arabia's resilience in the field, for apart from the phenomenal number of wides (25 – the top score in the Singapore innings) Saudi Arabia bowled and fielded magnificently. Singapore conceded just 8 wides when they bowled.

Both teams struggled on a sluggish pitch and it was only the stronger boys who managed to get the ball off the square with any regularity. Saudis Rizwan Manzoor and Ahmad Al-Nadwi played steadily for 41 and 45 respectively and were by far the most successful batsmen for their team but they found the going tough against a penetrating wicket- to-wicket Singapore attack. Saudi Arabia nurdled, nudged and glanced to 116 off 34.5 overs.

Singapore would have fancied their chances in reaching 116 quite easily, but a combination of rash strokes and excellent bowling and fielding by Saudi Arabia made the target appear more challenging than it really was. In the end, it was Singapore's greater grace under pressure that prevailed.


Filed August 6 2005