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Malaysia cruise to nine-wicket win on day three

Mon, Aug 31, 2009 8:55 PM

Malaysia cruise to nine-wicket win on day three
Malaysia made up for its first-day loss in the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 6 (WCL Div. 6) by securing a nine-wicket victory over Norway in Singapore today.

The game, which was originally scheduled for yesterday but was played today after day two was washed out, saw Malaysia ease its way past a Norway side that was all out for 188.

Malaysia's Suresh Navaratnam took bowling figures of 3-31, while Norway's top scorer was Adeel Ibrar with 66.

When Malaysia came in to bat it took just 31.1 overs to reach the target at the Singapore Cricket Club with Rakesh Madhaven amassing the majority of the runs for the side with an impressive 95 that included six fours and one six – thus earning him man of the match.

Afterwards, Malaysia captain Suhan Alagaratanam was delighted with his side's performance.

"I'm really happy with the way my team came through today and the boys really played well," he said.

"I think we just played more freely today and enjoyed ourselves out in the field. We showed everyone that we can bounce back from defeat by winning by nine wickets and I hope we carry this momentum through to the next matches."

Malaysia will face Botswana tomorrow, a game Alagaratnam is now looking forward to.

"We've got good confidence after today's win and I'm sure we're going to put pressure on Botswana who have lost two matches in a row now," he said.

"We're going to come hard at them. There'll be no rocket science, no special plans – we just want to play our game and play to our strengths."

Meanwhile, Botswana failed to fire again today after losing to Singapore by 55 runs at the Indian Association ground. Having won the toss, Singapore elected to bat and made a solid 245 all out after its allotted 50 overs, with Saad Khan Janjua providing 51 of those runs, a feat that earned him the man-of-the-match award.

Botswana's Taroesh Trivedi had the best match figures of the team with 3-31, claiming the scalps of both the Singapore captain and vice-captain on his way, but the side failed to claim catches and missed important opportunities to dismiss the Singapore side.

Botswana's innings started well with Faisal Rana opening the batting and putting on 53 runs before he was adjudged lbw to Arish Param. The side didn't manage to make too many runs after that with only four of the side making double figures after Rana, and the highest of those being 35 from Shah Zaib Khan.

Singapore's Narender Reddy and Dharmichand Mulewa took three wickets each as Botswana ended up 190 all out after 47.3 overs.

After the game, Singapore captain Chetan Suryawanshi said: "I'm very happy with today's win and I'm sure we're going to do well tomorrow when we face Bahrain.

"It's going to be a good match because we've both won two games but we have previously played them in an Asian Cricket Council event and both times we beat them convincingly so I'm confident."

On the other hand, Botswana's captain Omar Ali has some motivation to do after two defeats in a row. He said: "Obviously, I'm not happy with the way we've performed today, but we have to take some positives from the loss.

"Those positives include the fact that the top order did particularly well today and our bowlers managed to make some good breakthroughs.

"I feel with tomorrow's game against Malaysia, we can definitely put up a fight against them. It's obviously going to be tough, especially since they have come off such a commanding victory over Norway, but I'm not going to let that daunt any of my team."

Bahrain secured its second win of the tournament today after beating fellow Division 7 qualifiers Guernsey by 62 runs at Kalang.

It is the third time Bahrain has beaten Guernsey in the space of four months, and it is not something that sits well with Guernsey coach Andy Cornford.

"Bahrain are very positive when the bat," he said. "They bat well and they bat deep which is something we just weren't able to combat today. It's something we spoke about before the match but not a plan that came off when we were out there.

"We're in a bit of dogfight now to stay in Division 6 and tomorrow's game against Norway is going to be crucial for us, so we've got to go in there with a good attitude despite the loss today," said Cornford.

Bahrain made an impressive 251 runs in its innings, with Adil Hanif making 92 off 123 balls while Azeem ul Haque again proved strong with bat finishing on 72 not out.

Guernsey's Blane Queripel had the best match figures for his side, 2-14 but only bowled three overs.

Jeremy Frith compiled a hard fought 56 before caught by Shahzad Ahmad and the Guernsey middle order failed to get the runs on the board in order to chase down their target. Bahrain's Fahad Sadeq finished with 3-47 including the wickets of Frith and Lee Savident.

In Tuesday's matches, Malaysia will take on Botswana at Kalang, Singapore will face Bahrain at Singapore Cricket Club and Guernsey will play Norway at Indian Association.

Score summaries (day two):

At Kalang: Bahrain 251 all out, 50 overs (Adil Hanif 92, Azeem Ul Haque 72 not out; Blane Queripel 2-14)
Guernsey 189 all out, 46.5 overs (Jeremy Frith 56, Lee Ferbrache 36 not out; Fahad Sadeq 3-47)
Bahrain won by 62 runs

At Singapore Cricket Club: Norway 188 all out, 45.3 overs (Adeel Ibrar 66, Shahid Ahmed 41; Suresh Navaratnam 3-31)
Malaysia 189-1, 31.1 overs (Rakesh Madhavan 96 not out, Ahmad Faiz 73 not out)
Malaysia won by nine wickets

At Indian Association: Singapore 245 all out, 50 overs (Saad Khan Janjua 51; Taroesh Trivedi 3-31)
Botswana 190 all out, 47.3 overs (Faisal Rana 53; Narender Reddy 3-25, Dharmichand Mulewa 3-48.

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