Singapore v Malaysia, Saudara Cup, Singapore October 22, 2008

Singapore retain Saudara Cup

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Singapore 190 (Janik 55) and 230 for 9 dec (Sivanandan 98, Rahim 4-52) drew with Malaysia 106 (Mulewa 5-30) and 60 for 4

Singapore have retained the Saudara Cup after a draw against Malaysia at the Kallang Cricket Club. Malaysia could have few complaints, and but for rain which washed out much of the third and final day, they would almost certainly have been beaten, as there was little chance of them batting out time.

Singapore managed a disappointing 190 in their first innings, but they still gained a decent lead after Malaysia were dismissed for 106, Darmichand Mulewa doing the damage with 5 for 30.

Second time round, Singapore's batsmen did better, closing the second day on 221 for 7. Nerves got to Sajith Sivanandan, unbeaten on 98 overnight, as he perished without addition on the third morning to a rather undignified swish, at which point Singapore declared, leaving Malaysia almost the whole day to score 315.

They lost four wickets in the morning session and at 60 for 4 were odds-on to be on the receiving end of a heavy loss before the rain came.