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Anwar Arudin struck his second consecutive century and Shukri Rahim took a five wicket haul as Malaysia defeated Myanmar by 162 runs in their opening match of the men’s T20 event at the SEA Games.
Malaysia elected to bat after winning the toss and got off to the best possible start. Anwar Arudin (115* off 65) and new opener Virandeep Singh brought up Malaysia’s fifty within the powerplay. The pair then continued their assault on the spinners in the middle overs as Malaysia rattled along at 10 runs an over. Viran was run out on 60 after a 166 run partnership but Arudin went a step further, by reaching his first T20 hundred off 59 balls. Arudin hit 8 sixes in total and there was also a similar assault from the other end. Amin Ramly (23* off 9), promoted up the order, struck 3 consecutive sixes at the death as Malaysia posted a commanding 214/1.
In the chase, it was clear Myanmar were going to get nowhere near. Teenage all-rounder Syed Aziz made the first breakthrough and managed to pick up 3 scalps in his four over spell. After Syed Aziz did the initial damage, off-spinner Shukri Rahim tore through the middle order in an incredible spell of 5/2 in 14 deliveries. Myanmar were shot out for just 52, not even a quarter of the way to the 215 run target.
A complete performance from Malaysia and they will be looking to replicate that against Thailand on Sunday. A win there would confirm their place in the T20 final.