China score 35 runs in 20 overs in a T20I; get thrashed by Thailand

China score 35 runs in 20 overs in a T20I; get thrashed by Thailand

Thailand won the game by 10 wickets.

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T20 format witnessed a new low on Wednesday with one team managing just 35 runs in 20 overs and getting thrashed by 10 wickets. Well, the teams that played the game were not any of the familiar ones we generally see or read about. The losing team in this unique encounter was China while winning one was Thailand! Well, Asia continues to be in the cricketing headlines even after Asia Cup got over.

China, which joined the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2004, was granted full T20I status along with all other members of the ICC in April this year. The match being talked about is one from the ICC World Twenty20 Asia Region Qualifier B being held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

In the match played on October 3, China’s captain Chen Xiaoran won the toss and elected to bat but they never got a start they wanted. In 20 overs, the Chinese could score only 35 runs for the loss of 9 wickets with No.9 Wang Ya being the top scorer with eight in 11 deliveries.

Daniel Jacobs was the best bowler for Thailand, taking three wickets for eight runs in four overs. Jacobs was the batsman again to trouble the opponents as he hit 19 runs off just eight balls and the match was over in just 2.4 overs with the Thai team having all wickets intact.

China score only two boundaries

China could manage just two boundaries in their innings while the Thai bowlers bowled five maiden overs. The winning team’s Vichanath Singh bowled one the most economical overs in the history of T20s, conceding just four runs in as many overs and taking one wicket.

China’s score was the lowest by a team surviving 20 overs in a T20 game and the second lowest of all games in the history of T20. The previous record of the lowest score in a completed innings belonged to Bermuda who scored 62 against Guyana in 2008.

There were a total of four maiden overs in China’s innings and only two boundaries. Thailand bowler Vichanath Singh bowled one of the most economical four-over spells in the history of T20 cricket giving just 4 runs and taking a wicket.

That China played a T20I and survived 120 balls to score 35 runs were too much for the Twitterati to digest. Diverse reactions poured in on Twitter after the game concluded:

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