Malaysia Under-19s lose yet again
Malaysia Under-19s have lost their second match to Australia by ten wickets, leaving their record against Test-playing opposition standing at: played 12, lost 12.
Malaysia chose to bat, and got off to the worst possible start when they lost Faris Almas from the first ball of the match, and Shahid Ali Khan four balls later, with the score still on zero. Captain Ahmed Faiz led a recovery, scoring a fine 60, but no one stayed with him and Malaysia were bowled out for 139. Mitchell Stark and Daniel Burns picked up three wickets each for the visitors.
Australia had no trouble in chasing down their target, and they won by ten wickets inside 27 overs. Kumar Sana top-scored with 79, whilst Tim Buszard scored 52.
Malaysia's performance in this two match series, combined with their performance earlier in the year against England, India and Sri Lanka and their failure to reach the final of the Asian Under-19 tournament will have done nothing to convince the skeptics that they do deserve an automatic place in the World Cup which they host next year.