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Malaysia batsman in action. Credits: Twitter

Myanmar Scores 9 for 8, Malaysia Chases Down in Just Two Overs

The modern game is generally known as the batsmen game. It is generally dominated by the big bats and the poor bowlers are taken to the cleaners. However, it was the other way around when Myanmar and Malaysia locked horns in the ongoing  ICC World T20 Asia Regions Qualifiers in Kuala Lumpur.

In fact, the match was affected by the rain. Malaysia won the toss and decided to bowl first. However, Myanmar got off to a poor start as they lost their first two wickets on the first three balls, without adding anything to their score.

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Cricket bat and ball on the green grass of cricket pitch.

Pavandeep Singh was breathing fire.

Pavandeep Singh was the chief destroyer of the Myanmar batting innings. In fact, the southpaw spinner gave away just one run in his quota of four overs. Furthermore, the left-arm spinner scalped a five-wicket haul and bowled three maiden overs.

Pavandeep Singh gave a fine start to his side as he scalped two wickets in his first over. He sent back opener Ko Ko Lin Thu after getting the better off Ye Naing Tun. No Myanmar batsman was able to score more than one run as they collapsed like a house of cards.

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Interestingly, out of the nine runs that Myanmar managed to score, six were off the bat whereas the remaining three were byes. Myanmar was tottering at 9-8 in 10.1 before the rain came to their rescue. Thus, Malaysia target was revised and they had to chase only six runs to win the match.

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Malaysia batsman in action. Credits: Twitter

However, Malaysia also followed the footsteps of their opposition as they also lost two wickets without adding anything to their runs column. Nonetheless, they were eventually able to get to the target as Suhan Alagarathnam hit the only six as well as the boundary of the match.

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Late goals power Malaysia to win over India

New Delhi, July 23: Malaysia scored two late goals to register a 3-0 win over India in an U-16 friendly match in Kuala Lumpur today.

The Indian boys who have come to Malaysia on the back of a heart-breaking loss to Thailand last week started showing their intent from the kick-off.

Ridge blasted from inside the box as early as the fourth minute but the Malaysian keeper parried it away.

Malaysia, on the other hand, gave the Indian defenders a run for their money in their own box. They continued to push constantly but Biaka and the sturdy Indian defenders averted the danger.

Givson and Ridge were looking forward to hurl the opening goal from the counter-attacking opportunities but they could hardly find any hole to breach the Malaysian defence.

Finally, the Malaysia striker Muhd Najmudin slotted their opening goal in the 26th minute to hand his team an advantage.

Bibiano Fernandes opted for a couple of changes in quick succession and introduced Sailo and Manish at the expenses of Givson and Gurkirat respectively before the boys headed to the changing room with a one-goal deficit.

Changing over, India showed intent and Ridge, on the turn of the game, hit the side-netting two minutes into the game.

India earned a free-kick in the 55th minute but Bekey failed to keep it within the frame. Three minutes later, He got another chance but miscued it completely.

India created quite a few chances in the last quarter of the game but they were missing the final punch inside the box. Sailo swivelled a long ball to Vikram but the skipper failed to connect it on time while two minutes later, Vikram’s cross was collected safely by the Malaysian goalkeeper before Ravi could convert it.

But they kept the Malaysian defence on check throughout. Five minutes to the whistle, India earned back-to-back three corners but Bekey’s tries could have been dealt in a better way by the Indian attackers inside the box.

As Bibiano opted to push more legs inside the opposition half, the Malaysian attackers took the advantage and scored a peach of a goal to double their lead in the 88th minute.

Four minutes later, They hurled another attacking move from the left flank resulted in their third goal.

Hockey: India women beat Malaysia

Donghae City (South Korea), May 17: Defending Champions India registered their third consecutive victory at the fifth Women’s Asian Champions Trophy as they best Malaysia 3-2 in a closely-fought encounter at the Sunrise Stadium here on Thursday.

India had earlier beaten Japan 4-1 and China 3-1 in their previous matches. With three convincing wins, India have qualified for the final on Sunday as table toppers with nine points.

For India, goals were scored by Gurjit Kaur (17th minute), Vandana Katariya (33rd) and Lalremsiami (40th) while Nuraini Rashid (36th) and Hanis Onn (48th) scored for Malaysia.

The first quarter saw both teams trade penalty corners with India opening the account in the very first minute of the match which put Malaysia on a backfoot.

However, good penalty corner defending saw Malaysia steer clear of an early goal by dragflicker Gurjit Kaur. Malaysia’s attempt to score off a penalty corner too was overturned by Indian defenders.

India, who had beaten Malaysia 6-0 in the warm-up match ahead of the start of the tournament, made their first break through when penalty corner specialist Gurjit Kaur improvised on Lilima Minz’ injection to strike the ball past Malaysian goalkeeper.

She kept her flick low to find the bottom right corner of the post, fetching India a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute.

But India did not look their attacking best with Malaysia often denting their chances in the circle and kept the pressure on the visitors. The Malaysian goalkeeper came up with impressive saves to keep India from scoring from PCs.

However, the 10-minute half-time break helped India come back with fresh variations to score.

High pressure worked as India scored off a counter attack when a quick-thinking Vandana dispossessed Malaysian attacker inside India’s striking circle to score in the 33rd minute.

Soon after, India conceded a penalty stroke when defender Deep Grace caused an infringement while attempting to stop a Malaysian attacker from taking a shot on goal. Nuraini Rashid easily converted.

The following minutes saw India win as many as three penalty corners but couldn’t make much of it.

Meanwhile, a brilliant long pass by skipper Sunita Lakra to the striking circle was deflected into the post by young forward Lalremsiami from the top of the circle displaying a perfect one-touch hockey.

The goal took India’s lead to 3-1 in the 40th minute. The final quarter saw Malaysia make amends to missed chances as they vied for late goals.

Though Hanis Onn did well to score Malaysia’s second goal, they could not muster an equaliser or a winning goal.

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Malaysia looks keen to host PSL games in times to come.

Malaysia Shares Interest to Host Pakistan Cricket in Future

President of Malaysia Cricket Association (MCA), Mahinda Valliparam is now looking at the possible return to International cricket by hosting Pakistan cricket, PSL matches and some women’s cricket tournaments.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) lynchpin, Najam Sethi recently paid a visit to the so-called Sharjah of the East, which hosted various U19 World Cups during 2008-12.

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The possibility of Malaysia playing host to Pakistan cricket was discussed in the meeting and to scope the cricket infrastructure in the Associate nation.

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KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – MARCH 2 : Indian players celebrate a wicket against South Africa during the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup Final match between India and South Africa held at the Kinrara Cricket Academy on March 2, 2008, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)

We certainly would like to host events here. We are open to hosting as we have venues and other required infrastructure. It (the PCB’s visit) was an opportunity to discuss how Malaysia can be a venue for Pakistan,” MCA President Mahinda Valliparam told Cricbuzz.

Further, Valliparam intends to host Australia and New Zealand apart from the PSL matches. Pakistan seeks assistance from associates such as UAE and Qatar to host their matches.

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This time around, the playoffs were hosted at the iconic Karachi stadium as well as the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, in their bid to revive International cricket in the country.

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Islamabad United won the inaugural edition of the Pakistan Super League in 2016.

It would be great to host Australia and New Zealand, two great cricketing countries. We would love to host Pakistan in some way, perhaps even matches in the PSL or women’s cricket,” added the MCA president.

Malaysia is especially convenient for time zones: MCA President

We have shown we can host international matches. I think we have a very stable environment. We have lights at Kinrara Oval, which could host a day-night Test. Malaysia is an ideal destination as we have good hotels, transport and logistics,” continued the cricket chief in Malaysia.

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Sarfraz Ahmed-led Pakistan celebrates the series win over Windies. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Also, Valliparam stressed on the fact the South-Eastern country falls in perfectly according to the Time Zones, which would affect the viewerships in all cricketing nations.

Malaysia is especially convenient for time zones,” he added. “We are only a few hours ahead of the sub-continent, Australia is only two-three hours (eastern time) ahead, and the UK is only six-seven hours difference,” concluded Valliparam.

Hockey: India outplay Malaysia in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

Ipoh (Malaysia), March8: A brilliant performance helped India outplay Malaysia 5-1 on Wednesday to keep the chances alive to play in the final of the 27th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.

India rode on splendid goals by Shilanand Lakra (10th minute), Gurjant Singh (42nd, 57th), Sumit Kumar (48th) and Ramandeep Singh (51st) to beat hosts Malaysia and kept their chances to play in the final after a series of underwhelming performances.

In the first game, India lost to Agrentina 2-3 followed by a draw against England. In the third match, India lost to Australia 2-4.

Coming into Wednesday’s match after a stunning 2-1 win against Olympic Champions Argentina, Malaysia were quick to get off the blocks, attacking India’s circle with their front runner Faizal Saari attempting the team’s first shot on goal.

He beat three Indian defenders into the circle but couldn’t make a potential connection to score.

But it was India who drew the first blood with an opening goal through Shilanand Lakra in the 10th minute.

The new entrant in the Indian team did exceptionally well to pick up a baseline pass from Gurjant Singh to tap it over the Malaysian goalkeeper fetching India 1-0 lead.

The following minutes saw Indian goalkeeper Suraj Karkera stay busy at the post as he made some brilliant saves.

It was Faizal Saari’s second attempt to score which was parried away by the young Karkera. He later saved another well-struck shot by Tengku Tajudin.

India did well to dominate with ball possession while their defence stuck to their guns to deny a goal.

Meanwhile, Surender Kumar, Shilanand Lakra and Sumit Kumar worked in tandem to win the first penalty corner of the match in the second quarter but Amit Rohidas’s flick was blocked away.

Just seconds before halftime, Fitri Saari showed some good stick work to take a shot on goal but went far too wide disappointing the home crowd.

With just one goal up, India had their task cut out in the third quarter. Conceding a penalty corner three minutes into the third quarter didn’t help their cause.

Faizal Saari, who had missed many opportunities to score early on, was accurate as he fiercely struck the ball past Karkera to equalize in the 33rd minute.

A penalty corner in the 42nd minute saw Gurjant Singh hold on to the rebound, after Varun Kumar’s flick rebounded off the goalkeeper. An attentive Gurjant had to tap the ball into the post to fetch India the much-needed 2-1 lead.

The action boiled down to the final quarter when India changed gears and attacked the hosts who looked like they were losing steam.

Though Malaysia won a penalty corner at the start of the fourth quarter, Karkera who was brought back into the post did an outstanding job to save and kept skipper Razie Rahim from scoring.

It was Ramandeep Singh who did well as a feeder when he brilliantly assisted Sumit Kumar who scored India’s third goal in the 48th minute.

India scored two more goals through Ramandeep and Gurjant Singh who scored in a similar fashion off a penalty corner followed that sealed the match for India.

India will take on Ireland in their last round-robin match on Thursday.


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Afghan youngsters makes country proud after thumping victory over Pakistan in ACC Under-19 Asia Cup. Photo Credit: ACC.

Under-19 Asia Cup: Aggressive Afghanistan Lifts the Championship Title against Hapless Pakistan

From remarkable leg-spinner – Rashid Khan to the mystery spinner Mujeeb from war-torn Afghanistan, the country has a lot to boast about cricket at the moment. This time around, the dedicated players stunned the cricketing world by routing Pakistan – to lift the first-ever Asian Cricket Council Under-19 Asia Cup title at Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia on Sunday afternoon.

The emphatic win will boost the morale of the youngsters who are waiting in the wings – to break into the national team in the foreseeable future.

While dishing out a thorough and a clinical performance which would not have been expected by many in the cricket world but by the time it happened as they say: ‘cricket is always a game of glorious uncertainties’.

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Afghanistan crowd jubilant after Mujeeb Zadran’s special figures in the final at Kinrara in Malaysia. Photo Credit: Web.

Afghanistan won the major title after thrashing Hasan Khan-led Pakistan convincingly by 185 runs in the grand finale.

Chasing down the target of 249, Pakistan batsmen had no solid answer whatsoever for the off-spinner Mujeeb, who was the protagonist with the white ball, as Pakistan batsmen had no clue for the wily customer, who is expected to be a next big thing in Afghan cricket.

Outclassing Pakistan in every department, the sensational slow-bowler Mujeeb claimed a five-wicket haul after conceding just 13 runs in 7.1 overs.

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Afghanistan won hearts for outstanding performance. Web.

On the other side, Qais Ahmad bagged three wickets in six overs after giving away 18 runs.

Pakistan was bundled out for 63 in 22.1 overs to see Aghan team scripting a history in the gentleman’s game under the dynamic leadership of the fast bowler Naveen-Ul-Haq.

So much so, four Pakistan batters were not able to open their account which further saw the 17-year-old left-handed batsman Mohammad Taha top-score for Pakistan. He scored 38 balls, as his innings included a solitary boundary.

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Hasan Khan of Pakistan won the toss and asked Afghanistan to bat first. Photo Credit: Web.

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After batting first when Pakistan opted to bowl first, Afghanistan batters posted a competitive total of 248 for seven in 50 overs.

Interestingly, the wicket-keeper batsman Ikram Ali Khil was the chief architect with the bat, who smashed brilliant hundred and subsequently remained unbeaten on 107 off 113 balls.

The left-handed batsman smashed ten boundaries and two sixes in his hard-fought knock while flaying the Pakistani bowlers all-around the ground.

Afghanistan’s all-around performance created a history as cricket has played a significant role in united the people of the war-hit country which further saw the professional cricketers rose among the ranks to grab the attention of the veterans of the game.

Earlier, Afghanistan openers gave their side a cautious start which saw them collected 61 runs in 17.5 overs.

For Afghanistan, the top-order batsmen were among runs to frustrate the Pakistan bowlers on a wicket which some seam moment in the first innings, before Mujeeb went on to steamroll Pakistan.

Pertinently, in the league game, Afghanistan strangulated Pakistan at 57 before marching into the final following some spectacular performances by the youngsters throughout the just-concluded championship.

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Both the captain posed with the Under-19 Asia Cup title. Photo Credit: Web.

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Who would have had thought Afghanistan might clinch the trophy, but it’s the cricket which has had sprung the surprises in the past and would continue to spring many around to see players and fans witnessing an adrenaline rush.

This is how Twittersphere erupted in joy after a massive win to take the coveted Under-19 Asia Cup title home:

Malaysia Knock India Out Of HWL Semi-Finals

London, June 22 (IANS) Rahim Razie struck a brace as Malaysia defeated India 3-2 in the quarter-finals of the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Finals here on Thursday.

Rahim (19th, 48th minutes) scored off penalty corners as the Malaysians knocked the Indians out of the tournament.

Tajuddin Tengku completed the tally for Malaysia when he converted a penalty corner in the 20th minute.

Ramandeep (24th, 26th minutes) scored both goals for India.

Both teams played an attacking style and there were several chances at either end. The Indians paid the penalty of some poor defending along with several instances of poor finishing by the forwards.

Rahim gave Malaysia the lead when he converted a penalty corner. It was poor defending by the Indians as the defenders tasked with rushing the penalty corner taker did not do their job properly while goalkeeper Harmanpreet Singh should have reacted faster.

Tajuddin doubled Malaysia’s lead in the very next minute when he fired home from another penalty corner.

Ramandeep (24th minute) brought India back into the game when he exploited some poor marking by the Malaysian defenders to deflect in a cross from Sumit.

The goal seemed to perk up the Indians and they peppered the Malaysian goal with repeated attacks.

The pressure paid off when following a penalty corner, a shot by Chinglensana Singh from the top the top of the penalty circle was blocked Haziq Samsul but Ramandeep was on hand to poke home the rebound.

However, Rahim sealed victory for Malaysia in the final quarter when he converted a penalty corner.

Oltmans Warns India Against Complacency vs Malaysia In QF

London, June 21 (IANS) On the eve of their quarter-finals match against lower-ranked Malaysia in the ongoing Hockey World League Semi Final tournament here, India’s chief coach Roelant Oltmans on Wednesday warned his side against any complacency when they take the field.

“Malaysia is a good side and no opponent can be taken lightly. We need to play with caution and give no room for mistakes because even a little bit of complacency in the knockout stage will put us out of the tournament,” Oltmans emphasised ahead of Thursday’s encounter.

After winning their opening three matches of the competition against Scotland, Canada and Pakistan handsomely, India went down 1-3 to the Netherlands in their final Pool B game on Tuesday.

Malaysia, on the other hand, scored an astounding 5-1 win against China in their last Pool A match on Tuesday. In their previous matches, the Malaysians tasted success against Korea but lost their matches against Argentina and England.

Going into Thursday’s clash, higher-ranked India have the upper hand but Malaysia can be a ‘tricky opponent’. Not so long ago, at the 26th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup earlier this year, Malaysia denied India entry to the summit clash with a 1-0 win.

India had to settle for the bronze with England making the final by the virtue of goal difference. The Malaysian outfit will draw confidence from that brave encounter ahead of their face-off with India.

Despite the loss to the Dutch side, Oltmans hailed his wards for fighting back in the later stages of the game — more importantly by not conceding any goal in the third and fourth quarters.

“I think we did well after a poor start. I am also pleased with the way our defence stood up to the challenge — especially the goalkeepers, who were probably facing the Dutch side for the first time since they came in to the senior squad,” he said.

Other than beating China on Tuesday, Malaysia have tasted success against Korea 1-0 and have lost matches against Argentina (2-5) and England (3-7). But against India, they have often given a good contest.

It is encouraging for India that their forwards have stitched together great work in converting goals with Akashdeep Singh showcasing sublime form. He is presently the third highest goal scorer in the tournament behind Argentina’s Gonzalo Peillat (11) and England’s Sam Ward (7). He has scored five goals for the team with Harmanpreet Singh scoring three goals and Ramandeep Singh and Talwinder Singh scoring two each.

Oltmans also praised the team for improving their efficiency in converting the 25 yards entry into successful circle entries, making them third with 15 goals — behind only Argentina and England who have 20 and 19, respectively.

“This has been a good aspect for us with the team scoring some fantastic field goals and I am pleased with how the forwards have done so far. However, we must get better and better with each match and still there are some areas of concern such as starting well and starting consistently well,” he said.

In the other quarter-finals, Argentina will play Pakistan, the Netherlands will take on China while hosts England will clash with Canada.

Azlan Shah: India Lose To Malaysia

Ipoh (Malaysia), May 5 (IANS) India’s chances of entering the final of the ongoing Sultan Azlan Shah hockey tournament went up in smoke as they suffered a 0-1 defeat to hosts Malaysia in their last league match here on Friday.

India struggled to break down the opponents’ defence throughout the game and paid the price around 10 minutes from the end when Shahril Saabah (51st minute) beat Indian goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh with an excellent placement off a penalty corner.

Malaysia thus ended the league stage of the tournament without conceding a goal.

India’s loss means Britain will meet Australia in the final on Saturday.

Going into Friday’s match, India were at the second position with seven points from four matches. They had the same number of points as Britain but were ahead as they had scored more goals.

With Britain winning their match against New Zealand 3-2 and jumping to the second position in the points table, India had to beat Malaysia by a margin of two goals or more to qualify for the final.

India will now compete for the bronze medal against New Zealand on Saturday.

After the first quarter ended in a goalless stalemate, India earned a penalty seconds after the start of the second period.

It was a quick-thinking Mandeep Singh who found the defender’s leg but India’s experienced dragflicker Rupinder Pal Singh’s powerful sweep was padded away by Malaysian goalkeeper Kumar Subramaniam.

Kumar was kept busy all through the quarter but he did not disappoint. He made an important save when Talwinder Singh received a pass from Affan Yousuf and took a shot on goal in the 22nd minute.

A back stick on the ball by a Malaysian defender in the penalty circle saw India win their second penalty corner in the 23rd minute but the Malaysian rushers did well to keep Rupinder at bay.

The hosts’ defence continued to impress as India’s third penalty corner attempt was denied as the second quarter ended goalless.

Malaysia played a determined game with good defence that continued to test the Indian players.

They won their first penalty corner in the 34th minute following good stick work by Faizal Saari who found Sardar Singh’s foot in the circle.

Malaysia won another penalty corner soon after but Rupinder ensured that the flick did not reach the post. With the clock ticking away, India were desperate for a breakthrough.

Entering the final quarter, Malaysia kept up the pressure on India who conceded a penalty corner in the 49th minute. But the hosts couldn’t convert with the flick going wide.

Malaysia won another penalty corner when Fitri Saari found Manpreet Singh’s foot in the striking circle. This chance didn’t go amiss for Malaysia with Shahril Saabah firing the ball to the right of a diving Sreejesh.

A penalty corner in the 56th minute brought some hope for India. It was S.V. Sunil who helped win the set piece but a goal was denied with Harmanpreet Singh’s flick blocked by the Malaysian defenders.

Another penalty corner came India’s way with just three minutes to go for the final hooter. But a variation in set piece saw Rupinder pass to Sardar Singh who couldn’t manage to find the target, thus ending India’s hopes to earn a berth in the final.

India Beat Malaysia 2-0 To Win Gold At Asian Junior Squash

Hong Kong, Feb 5 (IANS) India’s Velavan Senthilkumar and Abhay Singh defeated their Malaysian opponents to clinch the gold medal in the boy’s team event at the 18th Asian Junior Squash championship here on Sunday.

Senthilkumar defeated second seed Malaysia’s Ong Sai Hun 12-10, 11-0, 11-2 to hand India a crucial lead.

In the second match, Singh prevailed over Darren Rahul 10-12, 7-11, 11-5, 14-12, 11-6 in hard-fought battle to clinch the title for the country.

Earlier, Indian boys defeated Hong Kong 2-0 in their semi-final on Saturday.