ICC World Cricket League Division 4 September 4, 2012

Singapore win, USA stumble in Kuala Lumpur

ESPNcricinfo staff

Singapore registered a comprehensive 112-run win over Malaysia, thanks to Christopher Janik's 106 and Munish Arora's half-century that took them to 230 for nine in their innings. Janik, who struck eight boundaries and two sixes, and Arora put on 138 runs for the fifth wicket, the defining and the only productive stand of the innings. Their first four wickets fell for 35 runs, and the last five collapsed for 29; the fifth wicket stand and a couple of other small partnerships took them past the 200-run mark.

Malaysia too stumbled in their innings, except that there wasn't any batsman to stage a recovery. They slipped to 14 for four and a partnership of 25 which followed proved to be their highest one, the chase of 231 looking beyond them. At 91 for 8 in 29 overs, Singapore's victory was confirmed as the players walked off due to rain. The major damage was done by fast bowler Pramodh Raja, who took three wickets.

Tanzania suffered a similar collapse to be bowled out for 82 and lost to Nepal by eight wickets in a match that spanned only 51.2 overs. Issa Kikasi's 33 was the only score of note, as wickets kept falling regularly, courtesy seamer Paras Khadka and Basanta Regmi, who shared seven wickets between them. Tanzania were in danger of being bowled out for a far lower total as they were reduced to 19 for 5, but Kikasi and Benson Mwita briefly led a recovery.

Nepal reached their target in the 20th over with Gyanendra Malla and Subash Khakurel scoring 28 and 20 respectively.

Fast bowler Aftab Ahmed's initial strikes were followed by offspinner Bashir Shah's three wickets to help Denmark restrict USA to 86 for five, giving them victory by 56 runs (D/L) in a rain-shortened match. After having raced to 40 for no loss in the fifth over, they fell to 71 for 5 in the 20th over, as the Denmark bowlers bowled economically. Michael Pedersen, especially, kept a tight leash on the USA batsmen, giving away nine runs in his five overs.

Denmark's innings revolved around fifties by No.3 Andreas Lambert and Pedersen. The innings started slowly, and after being reduced to 57 for 3 in the 18th over, Lambert and Freddie Klokker, who scored 39, put on 65 runs in even time. A couple of wickets fell in the 38th over to leave them in a tricky position at 167 for seven, but Pedersen and Bashir added 60 in less than nine overs to take them close to the 250-run mark.

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