- Malaysia defeated Thailand by 160 runs at Kinrara Oval, moving to top of the table.
- It was Malaysia’s first cricket match of the 2017 SEA Games.
- Thailand won the toss and elected to field, with Malaysia making 265-6 and Thailand all out for 105 in 35 overs in response.
- Malaysia’s Virandeep Singh was best with the bat, making 79 runs, while Dhivendran Mogan was the best bowler, taking 10-3.
- Malaysia next plays Myanmar on Monday.
A blazing half-century from Virandeep Singh today helped Malaysia record a commanding 160-run win over Thailand in the host’s first match of the SEA Games at Kinrara Oval, moving the team to the top of the Men’s 50-over table.
Thailand, which yesterday won its opening match against Myanmar, won the toss and elected to field, sending Malaysia to the crease, with the hosts making 265-6 and restricting the visitors to 105 all out in 35 overs.
The Tigers had established a solid foundation through openers Mohd Anwar Arudin (42) and Mohamad Norwira Zazmie Abdul Halim (19), before Virandeep began pulling the game away from Thailand.
The batmsan played a patient game early, before opening up in the later overs, blasting two sixes and two fours on his way to 79 from 86 balls.
It was an impressive total that combined with the efforts of Anwar Arudin and Ahmad Faiz Mohammad Noor (46) to set Thailand a challenging target.
The probing pace of Malaysia’s fast bowler Muhammad Wafiq (22-2) had the visitors on the back foot early and it was not long before the Tigers made a breakthrough, with the quick bowling opener Wanchana Uisuk for a duck in the second over, then trapping his replacement Kittanu Sae Kue (1) two overs later.
The wickets kept tumbling and Thailand was reeling at 42-5 when Payuputh Sungnard (9) holed out to Anwar Arudin at mid-wicket off Mohammad Shukri (19-2), still trailing by 222 runs with opener Bunchuai Sombatraksa the only top-order batsman remaining.
Mohammad Shukri returned a short time later to dismiss Bunchuai for nine LBW, leaving Thailand in trouble on 58-6 and the tail-enders the impossible task of winning.
Dhivendran Mogan (10-3) worked his way through the order to eventually have Thailand fall for 105.
It was an impressive display from the Tigers’ bowlers and one that continued the earlier efforts of Malaysia’s batsmen, who looked to press their dominance early.
Captain Anwar Arudin put a punctuation mark on the strong start, with a towering six down the ground to have his team approach its 50 in the 10th over.
Anwar Arudin was given a reprieve when he popped up a catch to square leg on 28, only to be dropped by Nikom Ma Yer.
The loss of opener Mohamad Norwira Zazmie Abdul Halim for 19 finally had Thailand make in-roads and seemed to inspire the visitors, with Nopphon Senamontree dismissing Anwar Arudin for 42, caught at mid-wicket, a short time later to have Malaysia 88-2.
However, new batsmen Ahmad Faiz and Virandeep resumed the aggressive batting and ensured there was no momentum lost in Malaysia’s charge.
The pair lifted the run-rate through the middle overs, cruising past the team 150 in the 34th, before a mix-up had Ahmad Faiz run out just shy of his half-century, with the hosts 168-3.
But Malaysia pressed its case further, hitting out in the final overs and, despite losing three wickets in the home stretch, did so at a cost of almost 50 runs to Thailand, with the total of 265 proving too great for the visitors to overcome.
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