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Malaysia falter as Matautaava sparks Vanuatu to first win

Malaysian Cricket Association Admin (Malaysian)

Malaysia falter as Matautaava sparks Vanuatu to first win

Malaysia's campaign in the ICC World Cup Challenge League Group A went from bad to worse after slumping to an embarrassing 13-run defeat to Vanuatu while chasing a target of 66 in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.

It was a sombre end to Malaysia's fixtures in the first of three round-robin competitions in the league, falling to their fourth consecutive defeat in the most humbling fashion at the Selangor Turf Club.

Vanuatu's victory was their first in four matches at the tournament and avenged a 23-run defeat in their only previous meeting with Malaysia in a 2018 World Cricket League Division 4 match at the Kinrara Oval. It still left the Pacific islanders at the bottom of the standings with two points and trailing Malaysia on net run-rate but they have a match in hand against Qatar at Kinrara on Thursday.

Canada retained their perfect record following their fourth win in a row after beting Denmark by 48 runs (DLS method) at Kinrara to open a two-point lead over Singapore. The top two teams face off on Thursday at the Selangor Turf Club.

When Vanuatu were shot out for 65 runs in 25.1 overs after Pavandeep Singh and Nazril Rahman snared four wickets each, it seemed a matter of when, and not if, Malaysia would secure victory. But Vanuatu bowler Patrick Matautaava had other plans.

Matautaava dismissed four Malaysian batsmen as the home side lost five wickets in the first 29 balls with just seven runs on the board. Opener Shafiq Sharif's poor form with the bat continued with a golden duck which followed scores of 24, one, 13 and nought in his previous four innings.

Ahmad Faiz Mohammed Noor and Virandeep Singh followed suit in the space of three deliveries by Matautaava, both caught by wicketkeeper Shane Deitz for two runs each. After Apolinaire Stephen accounted for Syahadat Ramli (two), Matautaava returned to send Suharril Fetri Shuib packing for one to leave Malaysia looking at their lowest total ever in 50-overs cricket.

Aminuddin Ramly and Nazril Rahman added 21 runs for the sixth wicket before the latter was run out for 10, swiftly followed by the exits of Rashid Ahad and Dhivendran Mogan, both to Stephen, as Malaysia went from 28-5 to 32-8 in the same over. Aminuddin took it upon himself to keep strike as he was accompanied by Pavandeep, labouring to 25 off 35 balls with two fours and two sixes.

But when Aminuddin was caught trying for the boundary again off man-of-the-match Matautavaa, who finished with figures of five for 19, Malaysia's hopes went with him with 15 runs still needed. A hobbling Anwar Rahman joined Pavandeep, who fell five overs later after rain forced a delay as Malaysia's challenge ended on 52 runs in 21.4 overs.

The 52 runs was Malaysia's lowest total in defeat since scoring 69 against Nepal in a 10-wicket loss in a 2012 World Cricket League Division 4 match. It was only six runs more than the lowest ever total in defeat, 46 against Papua New Guinea at the PKNS ground at the 1996 ACC Trophy.

Earlier, Pavandeep and Nazril were both on course for hat-tricks as they each secured wickets with back-to-back deliveries as  Vanuatu fell for their lowest score of the tournament. Nalin Nipiko top scored with 12 runs to help Vanuatu move on from 48-7 to an eventual winning total of 65 with tailender Jelany Chilia adding a valuable 11 runs.

In the other match at Kinrara, Denmark were set a revised target of 278 off 43 overs following a rain interruption after Canada reached 302 for eight in 50 overs with Srimantha Wijeyeratne scoring 84 off 80 balls.

Denmark reached 76-1 off 19 overs before another rain delayed forced another revision of their target to 221 from 33 overs. Zameer Khan brought up 50 off 65 balls with a boundary on his way to 60 when play resumed as Denmark sought to pick up the run-rate but could not only reach 172 for nine. Nikhil Dutta and Saad Zafar ended up with three wickets each.


Vanuatu 65 in 25.1 overs (Nalin Nipiko 12, Clement Tommy 11, Jelany Chilia 11, Joshua Rasu 10, Nazril Rahman 4-14, Pavandeep Singh 4-16)

Malaysia 52 in 21.4 overs (Aminuddin Ramly 25, Nazril Rahman 10, Patrick Matautaava 5-19, Apolinaire Stephen 3-30)

Result: Vanuatu won by 13 runs.

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