Malaysia's captain Anwar Arudin has scored another century at the South East Asian Games, this time in the Twenty20 format as the event got underway today at the Kinrara Oval in Kuala Lumpur.

In what was the third match of the day, Arudin won the toss against Myanmar and chose to bat first. It was then a long 17 overs for Myanmar until the first wicket fell, when Virandeep Singh was run out for 60. He and Arudin had put on 166 for the opening wicket.

Arudin batted on and eventually scored 115 from 65 balls as Malaysia racked up 214-1 from their 20 overs.

Myanmar couldn't even get close in reply, with no batsmen reaching double figures. The top contribution was the 18 extras conceded by Malaysia. They were bowled out for just 52, losing by 162 runs. Mohammad Shukri was almost unplayable, taking five wickets for just two runs.

The day had begun with what was a dead rubber match between Thailand and Singapore in the women's competition. The game was reduced slightly to 19 overs, with Thailand batting first after winning the toss. They lost Nattakan Chantam early on, but recovered with a 99 run second wicket partnership.

That partnership ended when Nattaya Boochatham was bowled by Smruthi Radhakrishnan for 44. Sirintra Saengsakaorat batted on and finished the 19 overs unbeaten on 54. Thailand's total was 162-5.

Nobody was able to reach double figures in Singapore's reply as they were bundled out for just 30, losing by 132 runs. Wongpaka Liengprasert was the pick of the Thai bowlers with 4-8.

The men's Twenty20 tournament began with a Group A game between Singapore and Indonesia, the former batting first after Indonesia captain Frengky Shony won the toss.

Singapore's opening pair of Navin Param and Anish Paraam put on 115 before the latter was dismissed for 78. Navin Param batted out Singapore's quota of overs to finish on 63 in their total of 167-4. Gede Arta was the pick of the Indonesian bowlers with 3-19.

In reply, only Muhaddis Muhaddis and Arya Pastika were able to reach double figures for Indonesia, who were bowled out for 72, losing by 95 runs. Iishaan Shekhar and Mulewa Dharmichand both took three wickets for the Singaporeans.

It will be another triple header tomorrow, with the day starting with the last of the round robin matches in the women's event as Malaysia take on Indonesia, with the winners set to join Thailand in Monday's gold medal match. This will be followed by the international debut of Vietnam as they take on Singapore. The day will conclude with Malaysia taking on Thailand. Wins for Malaysia and Singapore will see them secure their places in Tuesday's gold medal match.


Thailand Women beat Singapore Women by 132 runs
Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur, 26 August
Thailand Women 162-5 (19 overs, S Saengsakaorat 54*, N Boochatham 44)
Singapore Women 30 (16.2 overs, W Liengprasert 4-8)

Singapore beat Indonesia by 95 runs
Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur, 26 August
Singapore 167-4 (20 overs, A Paraam 78, N Param 63*, G Arta 3-19)
Indonesia 72 (18 overs, I Shekhar 3-14, M Dharmichand 3-16)

Malaysia beat Myanmar by 162 runs
Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur, 26 August
Malaysia 214-1 (20 overs, Anwar Arudin 115*, Virandeep Singh 60)
Myanmar 52 (15.2 overs, Mohammad Shukri 5-2, Syed Aziz 3-19)