Kuala Lumpur Clinches Victory By 11 Runs
In the closely contest match between Negeri Sembilan(NS) and Kuala Lumpur(KL)which was held at the RSC Oval, KL won by 11 runs. Played on 28th & 29th March 2015, NS on winning the toss elected to field. KL could only post 139 runs in 52.4 overs. Their total came from Faris Almas Lee who top scored with 53 runs off 95 balls. The others who contributed were Saif Ullah Malik 28 n.o., Sanjhey Subanantha 18 & Vivegan Danapalan 10 runs. Faiz Ahmad Nasir took 3 wickets for 3 while the other NS bowlers were youngster Haziq Hashim 2 for 3 runs and Shukri Abdul Rahim 2 for 35 runs.
NS innings was sort of similar to KL's as they too could only manage to score 140 runs when were all out in 34 overs giving them a 1 run lead. Except for Shankar Shatish Chandra 63 runs, Azwar Tajri 15 n.o. & Ikhwan Faiz Johari 14 the others failed. The pick of KL's bowlers were Niroshan De Silva 4 for 43, Hassan Ghulam 4 for 52 & skipper Neville Liyanage 2 for 27 runs. In the 2nd inning KL put up a total of 162 runs. It was Faris Almas Lee again who top scored for KL with 40 runs. The others who helped to get their total were skipper Neville Liyanage 26, Sanjhey Subanantha 23, Suhan Kumar Alagaratnam 20, Sujahn Shankar 11 & Saif Ullah Malik 10 runs. Rashid Ahad took 5 wickets for 24 runs in his 11.4 overs spell while Faiz Ahmad Nasir & Shukri Abdul Rahim took 2 each for 19 & 27 respectively. With a target of 162 runs for victory NS went into their 2nd innings but could only manage to put up 150 runs thus giving victory to KL by 12 runs. At one stage NS were 6 wickets down for 19 runs in 13 overs. But the 7th & 8th wicket partnership almost game them victory. Rashid Ahad 59 & Shukri Abdul Rahim 73 runs brought their score to 149. Unfortunately Shukri was caught & bowl by Niroshan and in the same over new batsman Fadhli Ishak was run out off a direct throw from Pavandeep Singh. Niroshan De Silva was the hero when he got Rashid caught behind of the 1st ball of his following over to give victory for KL. The other KL bowlers who took wickets were Neville 3 for 41 & Hassan Ghulam 3 for 52 runs.
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