Nepal and Japan, two fledgling sides with good enough international experience, registered contrasting wins on the opening day of the men's cricket competition at the 2023 Asian Games started on Wednesday. While Nepal enjoyed a massive 273-run win against Mongolia in a Group A clash, Japan did just about enough against Cambodia, winning their Group B opener by three wickets. Now, it's the turn of Malaysia and Singapore to take centre stage in Hangzhou. Malaysia have beaten Singapore by 73 Runs. Get highlights of Malaysia vs Singapore in the 2023 Asian Games men's cricket competition being played in Hangzhou, China. (Scorecard | Full Coverage | Cricket News)
Singapore have been bundled out for 87 and handing Malaysia an 87-run victory.
After 5 overs, Singapore are 26/4
Malaysia are on top as Singapore are reeling at 26 for the loss of four wickets after 5 overs.
Singapore set a target of 161 runs to win
Malaysia have scored 160 for the loss of eight wickets
After 10 overs, Malaysia are 82/3
Malaysia are 82 for the loss of three wickets at the end of 10 overs.
Singapore Win The Toss And Chose To Field
Malaysia: Ahmad Faiz, Aiman Zaquan Ridzuan, Ainool Hafizs, Anwar Rahman, Haiqal Khair, Muhammad Akram, Muhammad Amir, Sharvin Muniandy, Pavandeep Singh, Sharveen Surendran, Syazrul Idrus, Syed Aziz, Vijay Unni, Virandeep Singh, Zubaidi Zulkifle
Singapore: Abdul Rahman Bhadelia, Aahan Gopinath Achar, Aman Desai, Aryaman Sunil, Avi Dixit, Rezza Gaznavi, Janak Prakash, Anantha Krishna, Arjun Mutreja, Anish Paraam, Navin Param, Raoul Sharma, Chetan Suryawanshi, Ishaan Swaney.
Malaysia have beaten Singapore in their last four matches against each other and hence, the Malaysian men's cricket team will start as the favourites against Singapore, who have just won three of their last 20 T20 international matches.
In the group stage, there are nine teams -- The Maldives, Mongolia and Nepal (Group A); Cambodia, Hong Kong and Japan (Group B); Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand (Group C). The three group winners will progress to the knockouts, where they will be joined by the heavyweights -- India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
Cricket became a part of the Asiad programme in 2010, in the Guangzhou Games, more than a decade after it last featured in a major multi-sport event at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. In Guangzhou, Bangladesh defeated Afghanistan to claim the gold medal, while Pakistan got the better of Sri Lanka in the bronze play-off. Four years later, Sri Lanka triumphed against Afghanistan in the Incheon gold medal match, while Bangladesh beat Hong Kong to take home bronze.