It looks like China still has a very long way to go before they can even challenge the fringe teams in cricket let alone challenging the heavyweights. China’s women team had an outing to forget on Sunday as they suffered a crushing 189-run loss at the hands of UAE after being bowled out for just 14.
The margin of victory is now the largest ever in women’s T20Is. The previous record was held by Namibia who had lost by 179 runs against Lesotho in August 2018.
Batting first, UAE scored a mammoth 203 for 3 in the Group B game at the ongoing Thailand Women’s T20 Smash. In doing so, UAE recorded their highest-ever total in the shortest format of the game. Esha Oza and Chaya Mughal gave the side a solid start by sharing a 121-run stand for the opening wicket. 20-year-old Oza smashed her personal best of 82 off 62 balls. After her departure, Mughal fell for a 38-ball 33 in the 14th over. Kavisha Kumari and Namita D’Souza then went berserk, adding 51 runs for the third wicket off 18 just balls. Five of the seven Chinese bowlers conceded over 10 runs per over.
In reply, China’s innings lasted for just 48 minutes in which 10 overs were bowled. As many as six batters failed to open the scoring while the top-score was four.The only batters who managed to open their accounts were opener Zhang Chan (2), wicketkeeper Zhang Yanling (3), No. 4 Hin Lili (4) and Zhou Ying (3).
Last year, China’s men team had also suffered a crushing loss at the hands of their neighbours Nepal. Nepal bowled out China for just 26 before chasing down the total inside 1.5 overs in the ICC Regional Qualifier for the 2020 World T20.
Meanwhile, the ongoing tournament also features the likes of Nepal, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Bhutan, Indonesia and Myanmar, along with a Thailand A team. The ongoing competition in Thailand will provide the much-needed game-time to the countries ahead of the ICC Women’s 2020 World Cup Qualifiers.