| Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 8 Oct 2016 | Asia Samachar |
Captain Virandeep Singh guided Malaysia home with an unbeaten 49 to emerge champions of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier Asia Division 2 in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday (6 Oct).
A middle-order collapse effectively derailed Singapore’s chances of winning, reports the Straits Times.
The home side struggled for runs as Singapore’s bowlers kept it tight. But a patient 49 not out from captain Virandeep Singh took Malaysia to 135-4 in 41.5 overs, giving them the trophy after a six-wicket win with 49 balls to spare.
“We failed to build partnerships and, though our bowlers bowled well, our score was difficult to defend,” Singapore coach Shoib Razak told the Singapore newspaper. “Things could have been different if we had put on another 40 runs.”
Opting to bat at the Kinrara Oval in Kuala Lumpur against hosts Malaysia, Singapore started brightly, with opener Rohan Rangarajan scoring 38. But, from 40-1, they lost five wickets for the addition of only 54 runs, before being all out for 134 in 40.2 overs.
A well deserved title for Malaysia who have won all 6 matches in the tournament. Virandeep Singh and Syed Aziz performed as expected but it was also good to see Hafiz Khair, Islah Muhaimin and a few others step up, according to a report at the Malaysia Cricket blog.
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