Malaysia make a mockery of Myanmar in a matter of 4 overs
It is evident that Myanmar are a growing nation in terms of cricket but Malaysia having played more cricket than the opponent have more experience in the ranks.
Updated - Aug 22, 2017 6:14 pm
Cricket is now considered entertainment and there is no denying that. In a recent cricket match that was played in the South East Asian cricket tournament in Kuala Lumpur between Myanmar and Malaysia, the match was pure entertainment, the first half being rather funny while the other being entertaining in the truest sense. One side had the last laugh, and it was not Myanmar.
Batting first, Myanmar posted a meagre 45 runs on the scoreboard. What is surprising is that their unfortunate journey to even reach those 45 runs was as long as 22 overs. Chasing the target was not going to be difficult for a better side Malaysia but who knew that Malaysia will make a mockery of this low target, chasing it down in just 4 overs.
Shafiq plunders Myanmar apart
Openers Shafiq Sharif and Anwar Arudin smashed the ball out of the park, repeatedly and dealt just in boundaries and sixes. Shafiq hit five boundaries and two sixes while making 5 runs via running between the wickets. He scored 37 runs off just 16 balls. On the other hand, Anwar was a mere spectator at the non-striker’s end. He made 5 runs in 8 balls and made sure that Malaysia did not lose a wicket. In the end, they won the match by 10 wickets and with 46 overs in hand.
It is evident that Myanmar are a growing nation in terms of cricket but Malaysia having played more cricket than the opponent have more experience in the ranks. However, such surprising performances do make us raise our eyebrows. Entertainment aside, it was rather horrific for any growing cricket team. And even though cricket surprises us every now and then, makes us laugh too, sometimes it is a source of pain but this is another level of record achieved by Myanmar, the one which they will like to remember and make sure they never repeat it again, if they want to be on the path to progress.