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David steers Singapore to derby victory over Malaysia

Malaysian Cricket Association Admin (Malaysian)

David steers Singapore to derby victory over Malaysia

Singapore delivered a hammer blow to Malaysia's hopes of contending for the top spot in Group A of the ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League with a four-wicket win at the Kinrara Oval in Kuala Lumpur on Monday.

The win was Singapore's third of the tournament from four matches and puts them level on six points with Canada, who remain top on net run-rate and with a match in hand. Malaysia slipped to their third consecutive defeat after opening the tournament by beating Denmark and next play winless Vanuatu on Wednesday.

Denmark defeated Qatar by 60 runs at the Selangor Turf Club for their second win as they moved into third place on four points, the same as Qatar.

Singapore have enjoyed dominance over Malaysia since early 2018 and registered their third straight win over their Causeway rivals in 50-overs matches and an eighth in a row across all formats.

Malaysia struggled on a Kinrara wicket which usually yields plenty of runs and was bowled out for 201 in 48.1 overs before Singapore reached 205 for six in 45.1 overs as Tim David scored an unbeaten 95 despite a late string of wickets by Suharril Fetri Shuib.

Only Virandeep Singh managed a decent display with the bat for the hosts after scoring 73 with Nazril Rahman chipping in with 31 lower down the order. The batting performance was again a source of concern for Malaysia captain Ahmad Faiz Mohammad Noor, with only two Malaysian batsmen managing fifties so far after four outings.

"This is our third loss in a row and I'm very disappointed with the performance of the team. Nobody has performed after we beat Denmark," said Faiz, whose own form has deserted him after getting out for 23. "Only Viran managed to give us some runs and helped by Nazril towards the end. We tried with our bowling but Tim David carried Singapore on his own and luck was with them.

"We have not managed to click with our batting yet as nobody has scored a hundred. We are only relying on Viran for runs at the moment which is not enough. We may have to change the batting line up for the match with Vanuatu. Viran and Suharril are the only ones on the form we will have to find a way to win.

Virandeep held the innings together after hitting seven fours off 115 balls following the exits of top-order partners Shafiq Sharif and Ahmad Faiz for 24 and 23 respectively. It was Virandeep's first fifty of the tournament before being run out.

None of the middle-order reached double figures to leaving Malaysia floundering at 163-8 before Nazril hit 31 off 40 balls to push the score towards 200 in a 32-run stand with Anwar Rahman. Vinoth Baskaran and Anantha Krishna each took three wickets to limit Malaysia to a total which was within Singapore's grasp.

But they got off on the wrong foot when opener Rohan Rangarajan was bowled by Dhivendran Mogan for a golden duck before Nazril ousted Surendran Chandramohan (15) leg-before to leave Singapore at 27-2.

That was when David entered the fray and immediately got the Singapore chase off with Navin Param in a 128-run stand. But Param's exit for 66 to Dhivendran saw Singapore lose four wickets for the addition of 13 runs with Suharril claiming the other three wickets to fall. Man-of-the-match David, however, maintained his composure in hitting six and 11 fours off 81 balls for his fourth straight fifty and second score in the 90s, while finding the boundary for the winning runs.

Hamid Shah was denied a century when he fell for 93 while Freddie Klokker added 80 runs as Denmark finished on 258 for eight before Hamid claimed three wickets to help dismiss Qatar for 198 in 43.4 overs and take match honors. Mohammed Rizlan top-scored for Qatar with 63 off 98 balls.
The action resumes on Wednesday when Malaysia play Vanuatu at the Selangor Turf Club while Canada takes on Denmark at Kinrara.


Malaysia 201 in 48.1 overs (Virandeep Singh 73, Nazril Rahman 31, Vinoth Baskaran 3-32, Anantha Krishna 3-41)

Singapore 205-6 in 45.1 overs (Tim David 95 not out, Navin Param 66, Suharril Fetri 3-43, Dhivendran Mogan 2-34)

Result: Singapore won by four wickets

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