Malaysia went 1-0 up in the 2014 Stan Nagaiah Trophy after edging out Singapore by 15 runs at Bayuemas Oval. Faiz Noor led from the front with 115 as Malaysia posted 282-6. Singapore were on track for the majority of the innings, only to collapse right at the end to be bowled out for 267.
Singapore won the toss and put Malaysia into bat but the visitors didn't have the best of starts as Malaysia raced along at just under 6 an over thanks to opener Shafiq Sharif who hit a quickfire 48. Faiz Noor continued his excellent form from Division 5 and the Malaysian Premier League with the Singapore bowlers having no answer to him.
Faiz reached his century, his 3rd in 5 innings across all formats internationally and domestically, and was eventually dismissed for 115 but by that time the damage had already been done. Khizar Durrani and Hammad Ullah Khan weighed in with some big hits at the death to lift Malaysia up to a competitive 282-6.
Chasing 283 to win, Singapore lost the dangerous Chetan Suryawanshi, who blitzed 70* at the weekend in the Malaysian Premier League, but still got off to a solid start as wicket-keeper Kshitij Shinde made 61.
After seeing off the new ball, Shinde went on the attack which saw Singapore score 90 runs in just 11 overs but crucially, they did lose 3 wickets including that of Shinde. Christopher Janik attempted to revive the innings at 124-4, he kept the runs ticking over and put Singapore back in control.
Janik was scoring runs at ease despite losing partners at the other end to the ever impressive Khizar Durrani (3-34). Janik passed his century with Singapore 253-6, requiring a comfortable 30 runs off 48 balls. However, Hiran Weranga (3-42) and 17 year old debutant Wafiq Irfan (3-34) had other ideas as Janik went for 112 and the tail quickly followed to leave the visitors 15 runs short.
This article originally appeared on Malaysia Cricket and is reproduced with kind permission of the author.