Nepal v USA and Singapore v Bermuda abandoned due to rain; matches will be replayed on Tuesday
On a stormy day in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia defeated tournament leader Uganda by four wickets in the only completed game of the day, as rain brought a premature end to the encounters between Nepal and USA at Kinrara Oval, and Bermuda and Singapore at Selangor Turf Club.
The two abandoned matches will be replayed on Tuesday, the allocated reserve day, at Kinrara Oval and Bayeumas.
In the one concluded match of the day, host Malaysia beat Uganda by four wickets to inflict the African side’s first defeat of the tournament at Bayeumas.
After electing to bat first, Uganda was dismissed for 106 in 39 overs, a total Malaysia chased down in 21 overs to record its second win of the tournament.
Uganda lost wickets regularly and its highest partnership of the day was the third-wicket stand of 21 between Hamu Bagendra (7) and Phillemon Mukobe (24). Mukobe was his side’s highest run-getter, with captain Frank Nsubuga adding 19 before being run out on the penultimate delivery.
For Malaysia, 22-year-old Derek Duraisingam took three wickets for 23 runs, with Khizar Hayat and Shahrulizam Yosef took two apiece, for nine and 29 runs, respectively.
Under a grey sky, Malaysia started its chase briskly, with openers Anwar Arudin (26) and Nasir Shafiq (18) putting on 41 runs in 6.4 overs, before a flurry of wickets from Uganda’s Davis Arinaitwe saw the side fall behind the required run-rate. However, another captain’s knock from skipper Ahmed Faiz (34 not out) saw Malaysia reach the target of 107 for the loss of six wickets in 21 overs to record a memorable victory.
Arinaitwe finished with figures of five for 32 from eight overs, and Malaysia’s Derek Duraisinga was named man of the match.
Malaysia captain Faiz was thrilled with the performance of his bowlers. “We bowled really well in the morning and managed to restrict them to 106, a very achievable target. I am really pleased with the team, and I think the spinners did a really good job.”
With one final group game to go, the skipper was confident that his side would perform well against Nepal on Wednesday. “If the other teams play tomorrow, it might be an advantage for us. But we are focused on our last game against Nepal, and we will make sure that we do everything correctly to get a win.”
At Kinrara Oval, USA was dismissed for 204 in 47.3 overs after electing to bat. Captain Steve Massiah led the attack with a 60-ball knock of 74, anchoring a 112-run second-wicket partnership with Fahad Babar (47).
Nepal’s Sompal Kami claimed three wickets for 37, while Shakti Gauchan, Sagar Pun and Basant Regmi claimed two wickets apiece.
When play recommenced after a rain delay, Nepal was set a revised target of 162 from 30 overs, however, the match was abandoned after seven overs were played, with Nepal having scored 27 for the loss of three wickets.
In the third and final match of the day, Singapore posted 266 for eight from its 50 overs after electing to bat, however, the match was abandoned due to rain before the Bermuda innings could commence.
Both matches will be replayed on Tuesday, with the Nepal-USA fixture to be played at Kinrara Oval, and the Bermuda-Singapore fixture to be played at Bayeumas. Both matches will start at 0930 local time.
Points table as at Monday, 27 October (after Uganda v Malaysia fixture):
Scores in brief:
Uganda 106 all out, 39.0 overs (Phillemon Mukobe 24; Derek Duraisingam 3-23, Khizar Hayat 2-9, Shahrulizam Yosef 2-29)
Malaysia 107 for six, 21 overs (Ahmed Faiz 34 not out, Anwar Arudin 26; Davis Arinaitwe 5-32)
Malaysia won by four wickets
Player of the Match: Derek Duraisinga (Malaysia)
USA v Nepal
Match abandoned; to be replayed on Tuesday at Kinrara at 0930 local time
At Selangor Turf Club
Bermuda v Singapore
Match abandoned; to be replayed on Tuesday at Bayeumas at 0930 local time
The fixtures for Wednesday are:
At Kinrara: USA v Singapore
At Bayeumas: Uganda v Bermuda
At Selangor Turf Club: Malaysia v Nepal
These matches are scheduled to start at 1015 local time