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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  • Dummy4 on September 7, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    nice nepal was promote in division 3

  • Dummy4 on September 6, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Nepal should beat usa....... What i think guys.......

  • Samar on September 6, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    If Nepal could perform more consistently while batting, they are going to be the victourious team of the Tournament and be promoted to DIV3 for sure.. Good luck nepal .. Gyanendra Malla and Sarad needs to perform better.. Shakti is consistence as always ..Amazing figure of 10-8-2-3 .. what more ?? Good luck Nepal..

  • Dummy4 on September 5, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    I think one good win for Nepal will be enough to promote at ICC World Cricket League Division Three.........but we need all 4 win guys, n all of you are capable to do that.

  • Gavin on September 5, 2012, 2:18 GMT

    @ Brickston: Rain ended Malaysia's innings after 29 overs. Because they had lost 8 wickets by that stage they would have had to have been 204 to have been considered ahead at that stage of the game. If they rain had been in the innings break it would have been a different target to chase in 29 overs. Probably 160 odd.

  • Emerson on September 4, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    Malaysia - Singapore (230/9 50 ov) Malaysia must make 204 in 29 ov to win. Can any sane person explain to uninitiated sports person the logic of this. I am aware that too very learned gentlemen have come up with this method of calculation but surely others less blessed must see the shortcoming of the method. Just try to explain this type of cricket and use any other sport as a comparison.

  • Dummy4 on September 4, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Nepal will win the tournament.....

  • Dummy4 on September 4, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    For The Sake Of Cricket I Think USA Should Destroyed From Cricket!! We Don't Need Them...Lets Hit All USA Teams....Let Them to Play NFL & Soccer!!

  • Dummy4 on September 4, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    The USA team doesn't have a single local player.

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