Syahadat Ramli rode to Malaysia’s rescue as the hosts overcame a top-order collapse to beat Thailand by five wickets in the opening match of the 2019 Malaysia T20I Tri Series at the Kinrara Oval on Monday. After capturing three wickets for seven runs to restrict Thailand to 113-8, Syahadat hit a match-winning unbeaten 41 to steer Malaysia to 114-5 with three overs to spare and take match honours.
Mahsid Faheem shook Malaysia in the first over after Virandeep Singh and Shafiq Sharif both got an edge to fall without scoring and with only two keeps running on the board. Syahadat went to the wrinkle after Ahmad Faiz Mohammad Noor withdrew for 11 and with Anwar Arudin (18) taking action accordingly the following over, balanced out Malaysia’s innings through a 67-run represent the fifth wicket with Syed Aziz Syed Mubarak (27).
The Johor-conceived Syahadat confronted 32 balls and hit five fours and a six to oblige three wickets he took with his off-turn, incorporating two in the seventeenth over of Thailand’s innings, either side of affecting a head out to expel Thai top scorer Naveed Pathan for 37.
“I pursued the arrangement spread out for me and we played well as a group. I’m happy I had the option to contribute. I changed in accordance with how the batsmen were hitting and bowled as needs be,” said Syahadat, 25.
“There was a smidgen of weight when I went in to bat yet I took a gander at it decidedly as there were still a ton of overs left. My arrangement was to remain for whatever length of time that I could and play it ball by ball.” Thailand looked very much set to push on from 102-3 with 22 balls remaining yet lost five wickets for the expansion of 11 hurries to miss the mark concerning commander Vichanath Singh’s objective of 140.
“We began truly well with the bat, only two or three overs in the center where we lost two, three wickets and furthermore our energy,” said Vichanath. ‘With the ball, we began splendidly. We wouldn’t have expected to get two batsmen out in the first exaggerating Malaysia on their ground. The all out was not huge but rather we lost a touch of force and couldn’t profit by the early wickets.”
The success was Malaysia’s first over Thailand since the 2017 Kuala Lumpur Sea Games after their gathering at the ICC T20 World Cup Asia Qualifier in Bangi last October was washed out. Malaysia take on Maldives on Tuesday at Kinrara in the following match of the arrangement.
Thailand 113-8 in 20 overs (Naveed Pathan 37, Hendrik Jordaan 33, Syahadat Ramli 3-7)
Malaysia 114-5 in 17 overs (Syahadat 41 not out, Syed Aziz 27, Mahsid Faheem 2-26)
Result: Malaysia won by 5 wickets