Both Tanzania and Malaysia have been relegated to the ICC World Cricket League Division 5 after experiencing a winless streak in their respective past four matches, which means victory in Sunday’s duel will hardly help either of the two teams escape the relegation trap.
Tanzania saw its hopes of maintaining a place in the ICC World Cricket League Division 4 go up in smokes when it conceded an eight-wicket defeat to one of the tournament favourites, Singapore, at the Selangore Turf Club on Friday. Tanzania’s batting woes
were back in view in the match, in which the team registered only 94 runs, losing all wickets in 27.1 overs after opting to bat first and, thus, jeopardizing its chances of claiming a first win in the process.
Singapore, the ICC World Cricket League Division 5 champions that are making their maiden appearance in the Division 4, then duly chased the score for the loss of only two wickets in 11.2 overs. It was certainly a painful blow to the Tanzanians considering that nothing but victory over their Asian opponents was in need to ensure the former cling to the ICC World Cricket League Division 4.
Tanzania started its campaign with 88-run defeat to Denmark at the Kinrara Academy Oval on Monday, this week, and then suffered an eight-wicket loss to Nepal at the Bayuemas Oval the following day. The East African side’s losing streak continued on Thursday, in which it succumbed to a seven-wicket defeat to USA at the Kinrara Academy Oval and the Friday’s loss to Singapore made it four defeats out of four games.
Hosts Malaysia, the runners-up in the last year’s ICC World Cricket League Division 5, were also looking forward to making their presence felt in a maiden stint in the Division 4 but they had similar woes despite competing at the home turf.
Malaysia experienced a 70-run defeat to USA in the opening match on Monday, then conceded a humiliating 112-run loss to rivals, Singapore, the following day prior to suffering two more defeats at the hands of Nepal and Denmark on Thursday and Friday respectively.
Tanzania will now be featuring in the ICC World Cricket League Division 5 for the first time ever and the team will have to revamp its performance if it harbours hopes of excelling in the event and ultimately return to the Division 4.