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Malaysia Women defeated Singapore Women by 8 wickets to seal bronze position in the women’s T20 competition at the 2017 SEA Games.
Singapore Women batted first and made a steady start. The slow scoring rate soon built up pressure on the batters and with that, wickets began to tumble. Jannadiah Halim collected stunning figures of 3/3 in 4 overs of left arm spin. Ainna Hamizah also impressed with 2/7 as Singapore went from 29/1 to 50 all out. An exceptional bowling performance from the Malaysian team and a simple target to chase for bronze.
In the chase, openers Christina Nina Baret (20*) and Yusrina Yaakop began positively. The pair shared a 25 run stand before Yusrina was run out on 10. Christina then put on 23 with captain Winifred Anne Duraisingam to take Malaysia close to the target. Wini perished with the end in sight but three balls later, Elysa Yasmin knocked the ball to the boundary to seal the win with over 10 overs remaining.
Malaysia Women will be satisfied with their bronze medal but will possibly feel that they should have got silver, if not for a surprise defeat to Indonesia in the group stage. Gold went to Thailand as expected. Winifred Anne Duraisingam and Jannadiah Halim were Malaysia’s best performers in the tournament.