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July 30, 2008
Twin hundreds from Rakesh Madhavan and Suhan Alagaratnam helped Malaysia crush Saudi Arabia by 193 runs at the Kinrara Academy Oval and finish third in Group A. Malaysia had lost two wickets on 89 in the 15th over when Madhavan and Alagaratnam began their partnership and by the time they were separated Malaysia had piled up 259 in the 44th over. Madhavan made 101 off 137 balls and Alagaratnam hit four sixes during his 83-ball hundred. The target of 317 proved to be beyond Saudi Arabia's means and they folded for 123 with captain Sarfraz Ahmed top-scoring with 44. Priyankara Wickramasinghe's 3 for 8 were the best figures for Malaysia. Saudi Arabia finished bottom of Group A.
Zain Abbas and Skhawat Ali helped Hong Kong overcome a disastrous start and beat Singapore by 93 runs at the Royal Military College. Hong Kong's total of 255 for 9 seemed improbable after they were reduced to 2 for 3 and then 25 for 4 but Abbas and Ali, who struck 80 and 83 respectively, added 158 for the fifth wicket. Singapore's Mohammad Ali chipped away at the middle-order to finish with figures of 5 for 45 in nine overs. Singapore's run-chase never took off and they were crippled by wickets falling frequently. They were dismissed for 162 in the 37th over. The victory gave Hong Kong second spot in Group B while Singapore finished third.
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