Ma­jor blow to pro­mo­tion hope

New Straits Times - - Sport -

POOR bat­ting has left Malaysia’s hopes of win­ning pro­mo­tion from the World Cricket League Divi­sion Three in tat­ters af­ter two open­ing de­feats in Kampala, Uganda.

A seven-wicket de­feat to archri­vals Sin­ga­pore on Tues­day was fol­lowed by a six-wicket loss to the United States on Wed­nes­day to leave the na­tional team rooted to the bot­tom of the six-team stand­ings with no points.

Malaysia now have no choice but to beat Canada, Uganda and Oman to fin­ish sec­ond at the very least and even that may not be enough.

The na­tional team paid a heavy price with the bat against Sin­ga­pore af­ter slump­ing to 121 all out in 35.3 overs, los­ing their last four wick­ets for just three runs.

The top or­der of Fikri Makram Rosdi (six), Ah­mad Faiz Mo­hammed Noor (one) and An­war Arudin (21) de­parted early to leave Malaysia at 30-3 as Khizar Hayat Dur­rani emerged the top scorer with 32 runs.

Sin­ga­pore’s Anish Paraam hit 50 runs to lead a com­fort­able chase to fin­ish on 123 for three in 31.2 overs as Neville Liyanage, a late re­place­ment for the in­jured Derek Du­raisingam, took two wick­ets for 26.

The pat­tern was re­peated against the US when Malaysia tum­bled to 117 all out in 40.5 overs with Liyanage’s 30 runs the best by a Malaysian bats­man.

Again the top of or­der of An­war (three), Faiz (two), Fikri (14) and Vi­ran­deep Singh (14) crashed out early as Malaysia reeled at 40-4 inside 15 overs.

Liyanage and Amin­ud­din Ramly (20) put on a 48-run part­ner­ship for the fifth wicket in a bid to re­build the in­nings but Malaysia lost three wick­ets while stuck on 117 to all but con­cede de­feat.

Ibrahim Khaleel fin­ished un­beaten on 49 to lead the US to 118-4 in 28.1 overs for their first win af­ter an open­ing four-wicket loss to Oman while Pa­van­deep Singh took two wick­ets for 34.

Malaysia face Canada in En­tebbe today need­ing a win des­per­ately to at least stave off the dan­ger of rel­e­ga­tion.

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