KEDAH retained their Malaysian Premier League title in emphatic fashion after an eight-wicket rout of Perak in the final at the Kinrara Oval yesterday.
Perak won the toss and elected to bat but the move paid little dividend as they were shot out for 93 runs in 35.3 overs.
Girana Nadrun scored 44 while Eldeniya Dilshan added 16 but Rao Iftikar Anjum (4-15), Syed Altaf (3-36) and Bazid Khan (2-15) wreaked havoc with the ball to set Kedah a comfortable target.
That they reached in 12.4 overs for the loss of two wickets as Hammad Ullah Khan and Suhan Kumar Alagaratnam hit unbeaten knocks of 44 and 16 respectively to lead Kedah home.
Kedah captain Ahmad Faiz Mohammad Noor said the players were beside themselves after claiming a second consecutive title.
"Everyone is really happy to have won back-to-back titles. We put pressure on the Perak batsmen and managed to contain them.
"We succeeded in getting wickets in between to restrict them to just 93 runs which was a good target for us to chase," said Faiz. By Devinder Singh