Singapore got off to a flying start in the World Cricket League Division 3 tournament in Uganda yesterday, beating Malaysia by seven wickets.
In a rain-affected match at the Kyambogo Oval in Kampala which was reduced to 45 overs a side, Singapore, who decided to field after winning the toss, bowled out Malaysia for 121 in 35.3 overs.
The batsmen were not allowed to settle down as the Singapore bowlers claimed wickets regularly.
The only notable partnership for Malaysia was the 42 runs put on for the sixth wicket by Khizar Hayat (32) and Aminuddin Ramly (22).
Left-arm spinner Anish Paraam did the most damage, claiming three Malaysian wickets for just 10 runs in 4.4 overs. Fast bowler Amjad Mahboob chipped in with 2-16 and off-spinner Dharmichand Mulewa got 2-32.
When it got to the chase, Singapore lost an early wicket, but then Paraam again stood out, anchoring their innings with an unbeaten 50 off 92 balls.
He put on 51 runs for the second wicket with Chaminda Ruwan (26) and 32 for the third wicket with Arjun Mutreja (20).
Captain Chetan Suryawanshi then came in and blasted an unbeaten 19 not out off 17 balls as Singapore romped to 123-3 in 31.2 overs.
Singapore play hosts Uganda in their second match in the tournament - which also features the United States, Oman and Canada - at the Entebbe Oval today.