Singapore comprehensively beat Thailand by 73 runs and yet still sits at third position in the group’s points table. Tomorrow’s crunch match at the Bayuemas Oval will be the decider as to who progresses to the semi-final stage of the tournament.

Today, at the Club Aman ground, bright sunshine ensured the field was ready, after yesterday’s abandoned match, to host the game between Singapore and Thailand.

Thailand were playing their last game of the group stages, whereas Singapore were relying on a large slice of luck if they were to get to the semi’s. The Singaporeans were aware that in order to have that ‘large slice of luck’, they had to put up a big score for the Thai’s to chase. And that they did.

Although starting slowly, losing two wickets in 11 overs with the score at 25, Singapore posted a score of 220. James Muruthi (23) and Prem Dadlani (33), were amongst the contributors but much of the credit has to fall on the shoulders of Captain Anish Param(115*).

Anish Param

Coming onto crease in the 10th over, he batted the remaining 40 in exceptional class, much like his 88 against Oman. The previous two batsmen feel to Darshil Shah (2-26) and so Param was obviously cautious at first but soon grew in confidence as his strokes came on easier. With the odd four here and there and two gloriously hit sixes, Param scored the only century of the tournament so far to guided his team to a total of 220- 4 in 50 overs.

Although Thailand started their innings unsteadily, they managed to fend off the Singaporean pace-men. But the runs came, too little, too slow as wickets fell.

Nishadh Rego (56) stood firm at the crease but it never seemed like Thailand ever got a sniff of victory. Only four of their batsmen were successful in scoring runs into the double figures as spinners Mohammad Rizwan (3-17) and Rohan Tripathi (3-18) cleaned up. The Thai batsmen struggled to play the spin as all six of the batsmen who fell to the two bowlers were all caught.

Thailand, however, nearly played out all 50 overs but fell at 147 losing by 73 runs. Being the only century-scorer in the tournament so far and for his two wickets in the game, Singapore’s Captain Anish Param took home his second man of the match award.

Singapore v Thailand at Club Aman
Thailand won the toss and chose to field
Singapore: 220 for 4 in 50 overs (A. Param 115*, P. Dadlani 33)
Thailand: 147 all out after 49.3 overs (N. Rego 56; R. Madakia 3-17, R. Tripathi 3-18)
Man of the Match: Anish Param (Singapore)


Filed August 24 2007