2006 ACC U-15 Cup (Elite Division) - MALAYSIA v SINGAPORE

Malaysia made the right decision to put the visitors in to bat as Singapore was put through one of the most intense bowling sessions in their first innings of play. With just the captain, Timothy Singham, reaching double figures, Malaysia’s bowlers dominated right from the start.

Six batsmen were dismissed for a duck. Left arm spinner Abilash Sugunan picked up 3 – 4 in 4 overs and was ably supported by Muhammad Daros (2-11) and Muhammad Arifin (2-2).

Singapore were all out by the 29th over for 42.

Malaysia didn’t exactly get the start they were hoping for either, when opening batsman Mohammed Abdullah fished for a ball from Pranav Mishra, outside the off stump, only to be caught behind. Gaining excessive movement, Styavrat Rao made the batsmen play defensively to almost every ball he bowled.

At 1:30 p.m. the rain came down heavily. Play was suspended with the score at 1 – 29 off 11 overs.

When play resumed the following day, Keithan Goonasagaran and Muhammad Hakimin put on a valuable partnership of 82. From here on the Singaporean bowling of Pranav Mishra and Nikhil Kishore took over. The pace and spin of the respective bowlers earned them figures of 3-19 and 2-8.

Malaysia closed at 138-6 in 56 overs.

Singapore were now trailing Malaysia and were in dire need of runs. Unfortunately for them, it did not materialize. Once again Timothy Singham (37) was the only noted batting performance in a confidence-dented Singapore squad as they were all out for 110 in 64 overs. Once again Abilash Sugunan (5-33) did most of the damage with help from Syazrul Idrus (3-23).

Sachin Mylavarapu watching the game slip away

The Malaysians required just 15 runs to win and they did it in 2 overs without losing any wickets, earning them the first win of the tournament.

Malaysia are now at the top of the table and are certain to advance to the semi-finals.

Malaysia v Singapore at Kinrara Oval
Malaysia won the toss and elected to field
Malaysia: 138 for 6 in 56.5 overs decl. (K. Goonasagaran) and 15 for 0 in 1.5 overs
Singapore: 42 in 29.2 overs and 110 in 64.2 overs (A. Sugunan 5-33)
Man of the Match: Abilash Sugunan (Malaysia)

Filed May 31 2006