The Saudura Cup three-day match has been played annually between neighbours Malaysia and Singapore since 1970, and this year's match, played at the Kinrara Oval in Malaysia, has gone the way of the island city-state.
The first innings for each side was limited to 75 overs, and Singapore batted first after winning the toss. Munish Arora top scored with an unbeaten 123, featuring three sixes, as Singapore reached 304/8 from their 75 overs. Arun Vijian contributed down the order with 63. Suresh Navaratnam was the pick of the Malaysian bowlers with 3/41 from his 16 overs.
Malaysia's first innings started well with a 62 run opening partnership, Rakesh Madhavan scoring 42, but they then lost four wickets for just 25 runs before Suresh Navratnam and Anwar Arudin rebuilt with a 108 run partnership for the fifth wicket. Navratnam was very much the dominant part of this partnership, scoring 72 from 80 balls, helping Malaysia reach 277/8 from their 75 overs. Arjun Vijian and Dharmichand Mulewa picked up three-wickets each.
The difference of 27 runs between the first innings of each of the teams would eventually prove to be crucial.
The game swung the way of the bowlers in the second innings, with Eszrafiq Abdul Azis taking 4/40 in Singapore's second innings and Suresh Navratnam completing a fine all-round performance with 3/58 as Singapore were bowled out for 213. Christopher Janik top scored with 55, but the real star of the innings was Malaysian wicket-keeper Shafiq Sharif who took four stumpings and two catches for six dismissals in all, a fine performance which would have been hailed as one of the best wicket-keeping performances ever had this been a match of higher profile.
Malaysia's innings started well with Rakesh Madhavan scoring a fine 118, but the rest of the batting order collapsed around him, mainly at the hands of Dharmichand Mulewa who took 6/86 from his 26 overs of off-spin. Malaysia were dismissed for 213, an identical total to Singapore's second innings, meaning that Singapore's narrow first innings lead was crucial as they won by 27 runs.
Dharmichand Mulewa was awarded the man of the match award for his bowling performance, which won the game for Singapore after Malaysia looked set for a comfortable victory.
Malaysia lost to Singapore by 27 runs
Kinrara Oval, Malaysia, 18-20 May
Singapore: 304/8 (75 overs, M Arora 123, A Vijian 63, S Navratnam 3/41) & 213 (67 overs, C Janik 55, C Ruwan 48, E Abdul Aziz 4/40, S Navratnam 3/58)
Malaysia: 277/8 (75 overs, S Navratnam 72, R Madhavan 42, A Arudin 37, A Vijian 3/39, Dharmichand 3/91) & 213 (63.3 overs, R Madhavan 118, E Abdul Azis 39, Dharmichand 6/86, S Razak 3/40)