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Captain Anwar Arudin struck an incredible 162 off 108 balls as Malaysia defeated Indonesia by 251 runs to claim gold in the men’s 50-over event at the 2017 SEA Games.
Malaysia won the toss and elected to bat first. With gold virtually sealed, Anwar Arudin went out there and expressed himself from the very first over. Arudin was at his destructive best as Malaysia raced to 93 in the powerplay. After reaching his hundred off 72 balls, Arudin took it up a notch and blitzed the ball to all areas of Kinrara Oval. By the time Indonesia eventually got their man, Arudin had made 162, which contained 21 fours and 4 sixes. At the other end, Virandeep Singh (58) continued his fine form with a solid fifty. Malaysia’s rejigged batting order fell apart towards the end but the damage had already been done. 321 was the target. (VIDEO)
In the chase, Indonesia’s openers started well against the seamers. Arudin turned to the left arm spin of Anwar Rahman early on and he struck in his first over. From then on, it became a procession as Indonesia collapsed against the Malaysian spinners. Anwar (5/29) ripped through the middle order to claim a five-wicket haul on his return to the side. Leg spinner Rashid Ahad (3/8) quickly knocked over the tail to bowl Indonesia out for 69. (VIDEO)
A well deserved gold for the Malaysian team who won all four matches. Next up is the T20 tournament.