Foreshortened. Prem Dadlani walks back after making 96

Malaysia comfortably beat arch-rivals Singapore on the opening day of this year's ACC U-19 Elite Cup in a result which already puts them in a strong position to qualify for the sem-finals of the competition such was the level of their competence on display. "It was a more mature Malaysia side than usual out there for sure," said Kuwait's Murali Kutticode who last saw the team at the 2008 U-19 World Cup.

Singapore say they were missing three prime players for this tournament and therefore necessarily underperformed but even if they were here, Malaysia would have taken them. Malaysia bowled soundly, with slow left-armer Sharulnizam Yusof bowling beautifully. He's just a little slower through the air than in years previous and as a result has gained flight and loop. He is going to pose batsmen all sorts of questions this tournament. Singapore's captain Prem Dadlani alone stood strong for Singapore with the bat. A powerful young man with shots all round the wicket, he missed out on what was a century for the taking when on 96 by coming down the wicket and playing all over a Norwira Halim delivery.

Malaysia's Faris Almas
Man of the Match Singapore's Prem Dadlani with Kuwait Cricket Board Member Emad al Jessam

Dadlani came back to the tent thunderous in mood, and found no reason to smile for much of the Malaysia innings either. The top order from the north side of the causeway played some super strokes against an attack a couple of bowlers short of being threatening. The Hubara wicket needed to be played with a little care - deliveries having the tendency to just hold up on the surface, with the occasional one keeping low but it was otherwise good for strokeplay. Malaysia's captain Faris Almas (square-cut), wicket-keeper Shafiq Sharif (on-drive) and Keithan Goonasageran (late-cut) played some sublime strokes. Aminuddin Ramly - another alumnus from the 2008 U-19 World Cup squad - finished off matters with a thunderous straight 6. This Malaysian team fears no one.

2009 ACC U-19 Elite Cup
Malaysia v Singapore at KOC Hubara
Singapore won the toss and chose to bat
Singapore: 183 off 48.3 overs (P.Dadlani 96; S.Yusof 4-19)
Malaysia: 187 for 5 off 37.2 overs (F. Almas 38, K.Goonasageran 49, A.Ramly 40*)
Man of the Match: Prem Dadlani (Singapore)


ACC U-19 Elite Cup 2009

Filed April 22, 2009