Sunday, 14th June, Kinrara Oval. Selangor stamped their mark as Champions of the MPL Tier A league winning all their matches. Though Selangor had virtually won the championship before going into their last 2 matches in the league fixtures they played to their full potential and made sure they remain undefeated all the way.
In their last match of the fixtures, Selangor defeated Kuala Lumpur by 48 runs. The match was reduced to 43 overs due to delayed start because of wet conditions. Selangor won the toss and chose to bat first. Couple of their batsmen put up some good score to push their final run tally to 285 for 8 in the 43 overs. Skipper Suhan Kumar Alagaratnam top scored with 98 runs off 88 balls while Aminuddin Ramly 79 runs & Nirwantha Thiksilla 58 runs were the other who contributed. For KL, Hafiz Khair & skipper Nazril A. Rahman took 2 wickets each for 24 & 40 runs respectively.
In their innings, Kuala Lumpur only manage to put up 237 runs for 9 wickets to give victory to the Champions by 34 runs. The KL batsmen who contributed to their total were Manjula de Zoysa 72 runs, Faris Almas Lee 34, Fikri Makram Rosdi 30, skipper Neville Liyanage 26, Prashan Wickramasinghe 25 & Hafiz Khair 11 runs. DHAP Tharanga took 4 wickets for 43 runs off 9 overs . Nirwantha Thiksilla together with Shajan Salim took 2 wickets each for 33 & 40 runs.
At the closing and prize giving ceremony held later in the evening, skipper Suhan Kumar Alagaratnam received the Player of the Match Award for his 98 runs knock. Also at the ceremony, the overall best performance awards were given to players with the best statistics ; Best Batsman - Shajan Salim (Selangor ), Best Bowler – Kogilan Muthu (Selangor) & Player of the Tournament – DHAP Tharanga (Selangor )
In the MPL Tier A 2015 league standings, Sarawak edged Kuala Lumpur to the Runner up spot. MAF was placed 4th while Penang with only one win was placed at the bottom of the table.
Malaysian Premier League 2015
8th May to 14th June
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