March 19, 2000

Namibia, Bangladesh 'A' share lead in Kuala Lumpur triseries

Namibia has joined Bangladesh 'A' at the top of the Malaysian Tri-Series table following its four wicket win over the home side in Kuala Lumpur today.

After the end of the first round of matches, in which every team has played each other, Bangladesh 'A' and Namibia are level on three points after earning points from a win and a No Result, while Malaysia languishes at the bottom with no points after two defeats.

After skittling Malaysia for 93 all-out in 42.3 overs, the Africans seemed poised for an uneventful victory. Drama struck with the scores level, when Namibia lost three wickets to slide to 93-6. A boundary gave Namibia victory.

Namibia opening bowler, Walter Rautenbach, snared the Man-of-the-Match award.

Today's win will help erase the frustration of yesterday's match which was abandoned through to rain after Namibia had reached a promising position against Bangladesh 'A'.

Namibia won the toss and elected to bat first at the Royal Selangor Club.

Thanks to 39 each from Darren Seager and Lennie Louw, Namibia compiled 209 all-out. Seager was run-out after smoting his 39 off 44 balls, which included four sixes. Melt van Schoor also assisted with 33.

Bangladesh 'A' captain, Naimur Rehman, was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3-38, while Mohammed Rafique nabbed 2-30.

A rain interruption caused Bangladesh 'A''s target to be reduced to 173 off 35 overs. When furher rainfall caused the match to be abandoned, Bangladesh 'A' was struggling at 49-3. Naimur Rehman scored 21. No Man-of-the-Match award was given.

The tournament began ingloriously for the home-team with a 97 run loss to Bangladesh 'A' at Kuala Lumpur's Club Aman ground on Friday.

Bangladesh 'A' skipper, Naimur Rehman, began a Man-of-the-Match award winning display by winning the toss and choosing to bat.

He followed this up by scoring 43 in his team's total of 222-9 off its allotted 50 overs. Mohammed Rotwali top-scored on 47 not-out.

Malaysian bowler, Muniandy, was his team's top wicket-taker, with 4-31.

In reply, Malaysia crawled to 125-9 from its 50 overs with Ramesh Menon making 26.

That man, Rehman, ensured he clinched his award with 3-20.

Malaysia will looking to win its match against Bangladesh 'A' tomorrow to stay in contention for Thursday's final. Tomorrow's match is the start of the 'second round' in which all teams play each other a second time.