The Stan Nagaiah Trophy, the annual series of one-day matches between Singapore and Malaysia, got underway yesterday, with hosts Malaysia coming out on top in the first match yesterday.
After a delay due to a wet outfield reduced the game to a 44 over contest, Malaysia batted first after winning the toss. Openers Sheikh Nasir and Fikri Makram, both making their senior national team debuts, got Malaysia off to a good start, scoring 49 and 38 respectively.
After the openers were dismissed, some more wickets slowed the innings down, but it was given some late impetus by Anwar Arudin, who scored 45 from just 29 balls. Brigu Iyer was the pick of the Singapore bowlers with 4-31 as Malaysia scored 195-8 from their 44 overs.
Singapore's reply never really got started, with only two batsmen getting past 20. Pavandeep Singh, on debut, took 3-12 to remove most of the middle order, before Shukri Rahim took four wickets for just six runs to polish off the tail.
Singapore had been bowled out for 105, losing by 90 runs. The two sides will meet again today.
Malaysia beat Singapore by 90 runs
Johor Cricket Academy, Johor Bahru, 22 November
Malaysia 195-8 (44 overs, Sheikh Nasir 49, Anwar Arudin 45, Fikri Makram 38, B Iyer 4-31)
Singapore 105 (31.5 overs, Shukri Rahim 4-6, P Singh 3-12)