In the opener of the ACC Premier League 2006, Malaysia was able to pull off a thrilling victory against Singapore.

Falling short by 15 runs at the end of the first innings, Malaysia restricted the visitors to just 113 in the second, earning them a significantly easy victory by 4 wickets. Both the teams fought tooth and nail not only against each other, but the weather elements as well.

Suresh Navaratnam

An entertaining game of cricket showed some flamboyant batting as well as crafty bowling. The first innings saw Chaminda Ruwan score 118, putting Singapore at a slightly below par 233 in 82 overs on the scoreboard. The Malaysian bowling attack was spear-headed by the 80 mph pace-man Suresh Navaratnam, who along with Anuar Arudin captured 3 wickets each for 54 and 61 respectively. Off – spinner Rohan Suppiah also chipped in a commendable contribution with figures of 2 for 22 in 22 overs.

Dinesh Muthuraman held Malaysia together with a patient 94 run knock as wickets fell all around. The Singaporean spinners caused problems for the Malaysians as they each collected four wickets.

Early on in the third morning, the wicket showed signs of life. This led to the Singaporean batsmen struggling and once again falling into the clutches of Rohan Suppiah. An immaculate performance by Suppiah saw him record stunning figures of 5 for 25.

M. Krishnamurthi

With 129 runs needed to win, Malaysian opener Rakesh Madhavan held on firmly to frustrate Singapore's attack with a resolute 54. Although the middle order began to fall fast, M. Krishnamurthi’s 49* steered Malaysia to a well-deserved win.

Malaysia V Singapore
12th to 14th May, Selangor Turf Club
Singapore: 233 off 82 overs (C. Ruwan 118; S. Navaratnam 3-54, A. Arudin 3-61) and 113 off 41.3 overs (K. Robertson 30; R. Vishnu 5-25)
Malaysia: 218 off 81.3 overs (D. Muthuraman 94; B. Athipattu 4-31, A. Param 4-56) and 129 off 49.4 overs (R. Madhavan 54, M. Krishnamurthi 49*)

Filed May 15 2006