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Malaysia cruised to a 7 wicket over Thailand to reach the final of the men’s T20 event at the 2017 SEA Games.
Thailand elected to bat after winning the toss but a mix up on the second ball lead to Suharril Fetri claiming a run out. From then on, the visitors never really got going with the bat. Spinners Shukri Rahim (3/8) and Virandeep Singh (2/14) chipped in with regular breakthroughs in the middle overs to slow down the scoring rate. Thailand made it through the whole 20 overs but could only put 77 runs on the board.
With a low target to chase, Malaysia rejigged their batting order to give the middle order batsmen some practice ahead of the final. While Malaysia were always going to win the match, they made a disappointing start with the new top three – Shafiq Sharif, Amin Ramly and Syed Aziz – falling early on. The remainder of the innings went smoothly though as Suharril and Viran shared an unbeaten stand of 43 to see the team home.
A decent performance from Malaysia but they will face a much tougher challenge for Tuesday’s final against Singapore. In the SEA Games, they have 6 wins out of 6 so far and will be favourites to win their second gold medal.