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ICC CWC CHALLENGE LEAGUE - Malaysia vs Singapore

02/08/2022POSTED BY Malaysian Cricket Association Admin

ICC CWC CHALLENGE LEAGUE - Malaysia vs Singapore

Paraam-Mutreja Partnership Downs Malaysia
A 129-run partnership between Anish Paraam (93*) and Arjun Mutreja (64) led Singapore to a comfortable victory, chasing 210 against Malaysia.
Earlier in the day, Malaysia won the toss and batted first. Left-handed Syed Aziz got his team off to a flyer, striking Singapore skipper Amjad Mahboob for a trio of boundaries in the first few overs.
Saifullah Malik, on his List A debut for Malaysia, got into the act when he struck Aryaman Uchil for consecutive boundaries, including an elegant flick off his legs.
With the score on 42 in the ninth over, Janak Prakash dismissed Malik who was caught behind by Manpreet Singh after nicking a drive through to the Singapore keeper. Prakash would strike again a few overs later, trapping Ahmad Faiz LBW after the Malaysian skipper tried to pull a delivery that kept low.
Malaysia would have to wait another ten overs for their next boundary as left-arm spinner Vinoth Baskaran and Mahboob gave nothing away. The dot ball pressure would lead to the demise of Syed Aziz when he tried to force Baskaran off the back foot, missing the ball to get bowled for a well-made 46 (60).
Akshay Puri then chipped in with the key wickets of Sharvin Muniandy and Syahadat Ramli, which reduced Malaysia to 116 for 5 at the end of 36 overs. Luckily for Malaysia, Virandeep Singh was still at the crease. He struck Anish Paraam for a six over long off before striking Puri over the leg side rope to propel Malaysia to 131 for 6 after 40 overs.
After the dismissal of the experienced Khiza Hayat, Amir Azim walked to the crease and struck three boundaries in a knock of 20 (13) providing useful support to Virandeep Singh who was severe on anything in his arc. In spite of losing both set batters in the space of four deliveries, Malaysia keeper-bat Ainool Hafizs was in prime form, slogging Aryaman Uchil over the leg side for six to close out the innings on 210 for 8.
Chasing 211 for victory, Rohan Rangarajan and Surendran Chandramohan got Singapore off to a sedate but steady start of 32 after ten overs.
In desperate need of wickets, Malaysia turned to left-arm spinner Anwar Rahman and the off spin of Hayat. Rahman struck off his very first delivery, getting Rangarajan caught by Syed Aziz. In the next over, Chandramohan chopped Hayat onto his stumps to leave Singapore in a spot of bother at 38 for 2 in the twelfth over.
In no mood to be dominated by Singapore’s spinner, Rezza Gaznavi and Paraam struck regular boundaries, the most impressive of which was arguably Paraam’s reverse sweep behind square for four.
It looked like it was going to be Gaznavi’s day as he struck three boundaries in his knock of 19, during which he was dropped by the fielder in the deep off the bowling of Hayat. Sadly for the Singapore batter, he was run out after unsuccessfully taking on the arm of Virandeep Singh.
At 63 for 3 in the 18th over, the game looked to be in the balance. Yet, Mutreja and Paraam made things look very easy, biding their time at the crease while limiting the number of dot balls. Once he was well set, Mutreja lofted left-arm spinners Pavandeep Singh and Amir Azim over the leg side for two maximums in an innings that also contained five fours.
Paraam would then play another reverse sweep, this time off Pavandeep to bring up his fifty as the game drifted toward an inevitable result.
In spite of losing Mutreja, Janak Prakash and Aryaman Uchil in quick succession, a composed Paraam guided his team to the target with 4.4 overs to spare.
Brief Scores:
Singapore 215-6 in 45.2 Overs (Paraam 93*, Mutreja 64, Anwar Rahman 2-43) beat Malaysia 210 for 8 in 50 Overs (Virandeep 65, Syed Aziz 46, Janak Prakash 4-34) by 4 wickets with 28 balls to spare.

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