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National cricket team relegated to ICC Div 5

It was the fourth consecutive defeat for the Tanzanians in the tournament and it ultimately sealed their relegation to the World Cricket League Division 5, considering that a win in the remaining match against hosts, Malaysia, will hardly change the outcome.Singapore won the toss and elected to bowl first, putting Tanzania in to bat but the latter failed to fully exploit the opportunity as they only managed to register paltry 94 runs losing all wickets in 27.1 overs.

Batting collapse, once again, became Tanzania’s biggest downfall  as only the opening batting pair of Abhik Patwa and Seif Khalifa showcased flashes of resilience to notch double digit scores in their respective innings, while the rest of the batsmen performed dismally.Patwa, who was a pale shadow of himself in the past three matches when batting at number three, rediscovered his batting form  to stay just three runs short of a half century, posting 47 runs off 58 balls and his score included seven boundaries and one sixer.

Khalifa, a promising left-handed batsman, chipped in with an encouraging contribution of 14 runs off 30 balls and he, too, had an audacity to hit a sixer in his innings before he was stumped by Singapore’s Chetan Suryawanshi off a delivery by Dharmichand Mulewa.Tanzania’s young batsman, Zamoyoni Ramadhan, who came on as a low order batsman, attempted to withstand Singapore bowlers’ onslaught when he managed unbeaten seven runs off four balls and he was also confident enough to blast a boundary in his spell.

Singapore bowlers, Abhiraj Singh and Mulewa, shared the wickets between themselves, in which the former had a stunning five-wicket haul, conceded 12 runs in 8.1 overs while Mulewa registered an equally impressive figure of 4-34 in 10 overs.On reply, Singapore hardly drained a sweat when chasing Tanzania’s score and the Asian side eventually reached the target for the loss of only two wickets in mere 11.2 overs.

Opener, Suryawanshi (62 runs not out off 38 balls), led Singapore’ confident chase and was ably assisted by Anish Param (28 runs in as many balls).Tanzania’s prominent spinner, Kassim Nassor, attempted to slow Singapore down by claiming a figure of 2-20 in three overs but his efforts did little to break Singapore batsmen’s resolve.    

Singapore’s victory over Tanzania has consequently left the Asian side as the only other serious contender for promotion to the ICC World Cricket League Division 3, considering that the team has won three matches and lost one. Nepal was, until Thursday, the other favourite after notching three wins in as many matches.  

Tanzania was highly expected to make the most of its presence in this year’s ICC World Cricket League Division 4 after failing to secure qualification for the ICC World Cricket League Division 3 in two previous attempts but the team, surprisingly, turned out to be the weakest in the campaign.The East African side is expected to face hosts, Malaysia, at the Selangore Turf Club tomorrow in what will be a mere formality for both sides, which were, until mid this week, the only teams that have yet to taste a win.

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