KL gun­ning for Premier sweep

New Straits Times - - Sport -

KUALA Lumpur re­tained the Malaysian Cricket Premier League ti­tle with a match to spare yes­ter­day as they turn their at­ten­tion to com­plet­ing a sec­ond straight dou­ble by win­ning the knock­out Premier Cup next week­end.

Back-to-back wins against Se­lan­gor over the week­end en­sured KL ex­tended their win­ning run to 15 con­sec­u­tive matches span­ning last sea­son and this year.

KL face bot­tom-side Armed Forces on Wed­nes­day in their fi­nal Premier League fix­ture, which is largely aca­demic, be­fore tak­ing on fourth-placed Pe­nang in the Premier Cup semi-fi­nals on Fri­day.

“We want to make sure we go through the sea­son un­de­feated so we won’t be tak­ing Forces lightly,” said KL stand-in team man­ager Bala Nair.

“Af­ter that we will be tar­get­ing the Premier Cup and if we play as we nor­mally do, I think we should win it.”

With the core of the na­tional team lin­ing up for KL, the city side faced lit­tle dif­fi­culty in beat­ing Se­lan­gor by 18 runs (Duck­worth-Lewis method) and eight wick­ets on Satur­day and yes­ter­day re­spec­tively.

Na­tional team cap­tain Ah­mad Faiz Mo­ham­mad Nor (67) and Vi­ran­deep Singh (40) put on an un­beaten stand of 102 runs for the third wicket to steer KL to 120 for 2 in re­ply to Se­lan­gor’s 115 all out, with Neville Liyan­age tak­ing five

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