Singapore and Nepal
September 17,18,19, 2004
In the latest Fast Track Country Tournament game, at the Kallang Ground, rain and strong all-round performances from Singapore allowed them to claim a fighting draw in an intriguing match between both sides.
Nepal confirmed their promise under coach Roy Dias, formerly one of Sri Lanka’s foremost batsmen, in claiming a first-innings lead of 33. Although this total was boosted by dropped catches early on in the Nepalese innings, three consecutive run outs later on, pegged them back.
In reply, left-hander Buddhika Mendis batting at 4, rescued Singapore from a parlous 99 for 6 with some judicious strokeplay as he made a battling 110 to get Singapore to safety and a score of 219 before he was dismissed by off-spinner Shakhti Gauchan.
Nepal declared their second innings at 203 for 7 at lunch on the third day setting a potentially challenging target for Singapore of 237 to be made at around 4 an over. Rain interruptions however, prevented any chance of a concerted attack on the target as just 40.1 overs were possible during the rest of the day.
Both teams are to be applauded for a highly competitive match and bowling 115 overs on the first day was a commendable effort.
Filed 19th September 2004