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Malaysia V Nepal

September 24, 25, 26, 2004

Thwarted by the rain, Nepal came close to forcing a victory against Malaysia in the latest ACC Fast Track Countries Tournament match at the Selangor Turf Club, Kuala Lumpur.

Initially with Nepal at 111 for 8 half way through the first day, it looked as if Malaysia would be in control of the match but gutsy batting from Raju Basnyat 63* and Sanjam Regmi, 25, had a decisive effect on the destiny of the match, as Nepal were able to declare their first innings at 231 for 9.

Ironically, the situation had mirrored what had happened to Nepal in their match against Singapore the previous week, when the Nepalese bowlers had been unable to press home an advantage. Having Singapore at 99 for 6 at one stage, the home team were able to recover to 227. Coach Roy Dias had spoken to his players prior to the match of the importance of “twisting the knife once it’s in” and he will have been heartened by his team’s emerging competitive instincts.

If there’s one thing that distinguishes a team at this level, it’s the ability to learn quickly. Nepal seem to be doing that. Malaysia, have yet to fully focus their undeniable talents in the most effective manner.

Conditions were certainly against Malaysia’s batsmen on Saturday, as the ball was always doing something in the heavy conditions. Much of the day’s play was lost to a fierce thunderstorm. Nepal had Malaysia reeling at 110 for 5 at the end of the second day, a total indebted to captain Suresh Navaratnam’s 25*.

They declared their innings at 125, allowing themselves an outside chance of coming back into the match if they were able to bowl out Nepal very cheaply. Nepal, however, held firm and themselves declared at 126 for 5 a little before tea on the third day, setting Malaysia an unrealistic target of 233 off 37 scheduled overs. Not enough overs to chase, nor quite enough to bowl a defensive and determined opposition out. Malaysia finished were 61 for 3 when stumps were drawn.

Nepal 12.5 points, Malaysia 10.5 points. MATCH DRAWN

Man of the Match: Raju Basnyat, Nepal.

FTCT Points Table :
27th September 2004

Team
Played
Won
Lost
Draw
Total Points
U.A.E.
1
1
0
0
31
Singapore
2
0
1
1
27.5
Nepal
2
0
0
2
26
Malaysia
1
0
0
1
10.5
Hong Kong
0
0
0
0
0


Filed September 27th 2004



 
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