Group C: Singapore v Thailand at Tudhikel


Singapore were made to work hard by a plucky Thailand in order to secure their crucial victory, keeping their hopes to qualify for the quarter-finals alive.

The Thai bowlers all kept the ball up to the stump, testing the Singapore batsmen as they found it hard to free their arms and pierce the field. None of the bowlers were expensive, with off-spinner Nishad Rego recording the superlative figures of 4-10 off his allotted 10 overs. Singapore were eventually all out for 142, not having batted through their full 50 overs.

Singapore, stronger in bowling than batting, managed to assert themselves early on with Thailand being reduced to 37 for 7 by the 17th over. An eighth-wicket stand of 45 between Nishad Rego and Saad Akber revived them somewhat but they had fallen way behind on the required run-rate and in attempting to force the pace, the last remaining batsmen fell quite quickly.

Future matches between these teams will be even closer.

Filed November 14 2005