The Malaysian national cricket team made an inauspicious start to the year following an eight-wicket rout by Sudur Paschim province in the opening Group D match of Nepal’s Manmohan Memorial Cup national one-day tournament in Rangasala on Saturday.
With the match reduced to 47 overs per innings after a delayed start due to bad weather, captain Ahmad Faiz Mohammed Noor’s decision to bat first backfired as Malaysia were bundled out for 49 runs in just 22 overs.
Sudur Paschim then reached their target in 7.2 overs after losing two wickets to move a step closer to the semi-finals.
Only Virandeep Singh reached double figures with 22 off 69 balls with the 11 extras Malaysia’s next highest score. Three batsmen failed to register a run as Malaysia slumped to 13-6 inside nine overs.
The new opening partnership of Sharvin Muniandy and Bhushan Save was broken after four balls when the latter was bowled while Faiz faced two deliveries before falling to a caught and bowled chance, both wickets taken by Binod Lama.
Sharvin fell leg-before for two before a succession of ducks by Ainool Haqqiem Yatim, Syed Aziz Syed Mubarak and Arief Jamaluddin left Malaysia staring at a humiliating defeat.
A 19-run stand for the ninth wicket between Virandeep and Anwar Rahman nearly brought the total to 50 as Sher Malla and Lama picked up five and four wickets respectively.
Khadak Bohara and Lokesh Bam both finished unbeaten on 15 as Sudur Paschim reached 50-2 with ease.
Malaysia play their second and final group match against Gandaki province on Monday before facing Nepal in a three-match 50-overs series.
Malaysia 49 in 22 overs (Virandeep Singh 22, Sher Malla 5-11, Binod Lama 4-21)
Sudur Paschim 50-2 in 7.2 overs (Khadak Bohara 15 not out, Lokesh Bam 15 not out, Anwar Rahman 1-7, Dhivendran Mogan 1-16)
Result: Sudur Paschim won by 8 wickets
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