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Singapore Crush Malaysia's T20 World Cup Hopes

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Singapore Crush Malaysia's T20 World Cup Hopes

Singapore romped to an eight-wicket win to end Malaysia’s ambition of advancing to the next stage of the ICC T20 World Cup qualifying after falling to their second defeat at the Asian Regional Finals in Singapore on Friday.

Malaysia collapsed to 92 all out with eight balls remaining before Singapore surpassed the target to finish on 96-2 in just 13.2 overs at the Indian Association ground and remain unbeaten after three matches.

With five points to top the standings, Sngapore enter their final match against Nepal on Sunday in a favourable position to claim the sole berth to the Global Qualifiers in the United Arab Emirates later this year.

Malaysia, with just two points after a win and two defeats, face Qatar on Saturday but can no longer finish in first place after extending their losing run against Singapore in T20 meetings to six matches since 2017.

Malaysia’s batting form again deserted them as they never recovered from losing opener Anwar Arudin (1) and Syed Aziz Syed Mubarak (0) inside 15 balls to slump to 5-2.

Anwar continued his poor run of form at international level when he was ousted by Amjad Mahboob, managing a total of 83 runs in his last 11 innings in T20 matches for Malaysia at an average of 7.54.

Shafiq Sharif (12) and Virandeep Singh (17) tried to salvage Malaysia’s innings with a 23-run stand but their dismissals left Malaysia at 38-4. Syahadat Ramli’s 22 off 20 balls, including two sixes, only delayed the inevitable as Mahboob claimed the wickets of Aminuddin Ramly (12) and Neville Liyanage (8) to finish with three for 20.

Liyanage made an early breakthrough to dismiss Rohan Rangarajan for nought after three balls to give Malaysia hope of a comeback before Tim David was run out for 14 to leave Singapore at 18-2.

But man-of-the-match Surendran Chandramohan stroked three sixes and four fours to compile an unbeaten 50 off 42 balls in a 72-run stand with Manpreet Singh (26) to steer the home side to victory and maintain their unbeaten record against Malaysia on home soil in all formats since 2014.

Malaysia complete their fixtures against Qatar on Saturday in a match of academic interest with neither side in the running for top spot any longer.

In an earlier match, Kuwait set the tournament’s highest score of 197-7 before restricting Qatar to 187-5 to win by 10 runs and keep alive their slender hopes of winning the tournament.


Malaysia 92 in 18.4 overs (Syahadat Ramli 22, Virandeep Singh 17, Amjad Mahboob 3-20, Anantha Krishna 3-27, Selladore Vijajakumar 2-11)

Singapore 96-2 in 13.2 overs (Surendran Chandramohan 50 not out, Manpreet Singh 26 not out, Neville Liyanage 1-19).

Result: Singapore won by 8 wickets
Man of the Match: Surendran Chandramohan (Nepal)

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