Singapore have whitewashed Malaysia in the Stan Nagaiah Trophy one-day series in Kuala Lumpur.
The first match was played at the Kinrara Academy Oval on the 2nd of May. Singapore batted first and scored 299/5 from their 50 overs, a record team total for the series. Chetan Suryawanshi (84) and Buddika Mendis (50) put on 146 for the opening wicket, and captain Chaminda Ruwan chipped in with 70.
Singapore then bowled economically and didn't let the Malaysian batsmen get a start, bowling them out for just 103 in a little over 20 overs to win by 196 runs. Mohamed Shoib and Chaminda Ruwan took three wickets each.
Saturday's second match saw Malaysia bat first, and their opening pair of Suhan Kumar (61) and Rakesh Madhavan (37) gave them a decent start with an opening partnership of 83. However the only other substantial contribution came Dinesh Muthuraman, who scored 57, and Malaysia reached 245/9 from their 50 overs.
Singapore's opening pair again got them off to a good start with an opening partnership of 102, Suryawanshi scoring 79. Eszrafiq Aziz and Krishnamurthi Muniandy took three wickets each for Malaysia, but Singapore captain Chaminda Ruwan scored 81 to lead his team to a three wicket victory with an over to spare.
Singapore tried a different opening partnership in the dead rubber third game, Low Chong Wei opening the batting with Suryawanshi. Wei was the first out, run out on 11 with the score on 58 but his partner stayed into form the foundation of the innings with 88, the highest score of this year's series. Singapore reached 254/8 from their 50 overs.
Malaysia never really got started in their run chase, though the lower order did give Singapore a little scare. They were bowled out for 150 in the 41st over of their innings, Eszrafiq Aziz was absent hurt. Syed Ali was the pick of the Singapore bowlers with 4/25, whilst Chaminda Ruwan also bowled well taking three wickets for just six runs.
This series win will give Singapore a lot of confidence going into Division Five of the World Cricket League later this month, and will be hoping to show that the Asian challenge will not just be coming from Afghanistan and Nepal.