Scintillating Singapore team defeats arch-rival Malaysia in Under-16 cricket tournament

A scintillating team performance catapulted Singapore to victory after defeating arch rivals Malaysia by 29 runs in their opening Group B match of the Asian Cricket Council Under-16 Eastern Region tournament. The match was organised at the Prem Tinsulonanda International School ground in Chiang Mai in Thailand.

Singapore decided to bat after winning the toss in the opening match with Malaysia in the ongoing Asian Cricket Council Under-16 Eastern Region tournament.
Singapore decided to bat after winning the toss in the opening match with Malaysia in the ongoing Asian Cricket Council Under-16 Eastern Region tournament. Photo courtesy: Facebook

After winning the toss, Singapore decided to bat and scored 151-8 in 35 overs. Initially, they had a shaky start as they lost their opener and captain Aman Desai (1) in the third ball of the first over. However, a 37 run second-wicket partnership between Sai Harsha Venugopal (21) and Ishan Sawney (15 ru) raised hopes and steadied the innings.

After that, Pramesh Singhavi (30) came to the crease and made a quick fire of 35 runs in joint partnership with Sai Harsha. The score reached 75-3 in 15.3 overs, before they lost another three wickets for the addition of 45 runs to reach 120-6 in 31 overs.

The Singapore batting was given a jolt by the assault of Malaysian spinner Mohammad Afiq, who claimed four wickets. However, team Singapore accumulated strength and managed to score 31 runs in the last four overs as Raoul Sharma blasted 20 off 12 balls, including two sixes.

In reply, Malaysia were bowled out 29 runs short. Malaysia had a steady start as they galloped to 55-2 in 8.1 overs with Sandeep Supparamaniam hitting 27 runs off 24 balls. However, three quick wickets halted the flow of runs and Singapore bowlers took wickets regularly and bundled them out for 122 in 25 overs.

The victorious Singapore team which defeated Malaysia by 29 runs in the opening match of Asian Cricket Council Under-16 Eastern Region tournament being organised in Thailand.
The victorious Singapore team which defeated Malaysia by 29 runs in the opening match of Asian Cricket Council Under-16 Eastern Region tournament being organised in Thailand. Photo courtesy: Facebook

The performance of Singapore bowlers was appreciable with Aiden Sherry taking 2-37, Raoul 2-20, Ishaan (2-16) and Ratik Bhatnagar 2-16. Vinit Mehta (1-6) and Pramesh (1-11) also chipped in.

In the ongoing Asian Cricket Council Under-16 Eastern Region tournament, there are two groups. Group A has four teams of Nepal, Thailand, Hong Kong and Myanmar while Group B comprise of Singapore, Malaysia, China and Bhutan. All the matches in the Group A group are to be played in Bangkok.

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Ashraf Jamal brings a rare depth to writing equipped with a degree in journalism, a postgraduate degree in political science, and a degree in law from the Allahabad University. His experience includes editing and publishing the Northern India Patrika and writing for Times of India for almost a decade covering just about any topic under the sun including NRIs and Indian diaspora.

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