ICC World T20 Qualifiers: Nepal bundle out China for just 26 runs
It didn't take too long for the Nepal batsmen to chase the target down.
Updated - Oct 12, 2018 2:33 pm
The ICC World T20 Qualifiers is popping up surprises every day. We are witnessing sides bundling out for very low scores and stunning everyone. After Myanmar, this time it was the turn of China to take everyone by surprise. Although a strong competitor is most of the other sports and highly successful at the Olympics, the Chinese are still far away from finding their feet in the sport of cricket.
China faced Nepal in the ICC T20 Asian Regional qualifying match at Kuala Lumpur. The side was put into bat first in the match by Nepal. However, what has transpired was just horrific. The batsmen in the side kept falling like a pack of cards, one after the other.
China batsmen had no answer to Nepal bowlers
The side was all-out for just a mere 26 runs surprising everyone. Also, their total was assisted by a few extras from the Nepal bowlers. Opener Hong Jiang Yan, with 11 runs, was the top-scorer in the innings. However, none of the other batsmen could provide any assistance to Jiang Yan. As many as eight of their batsmen were dismissed for a duck.
18-year-old young sensation, Sandeep Lamichhane picked three wickets in the innings. Lamichhane is easily the most popular player in the Nepal side. He was picked by the Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2018. Later on, he featured in several T20 leagues around the world.
It didn’t take too long for the Nepal batsmen to chase the target down. They comfortably won the match by 10 wickets. Openers Binod Bhandari (24) and Pradeep Airee (4) chased down the target in only 1.5 overs. Despite the massive win, former Nepal skipper Binod Das said that one has to be wary of China in the near future. He expects them to come back hard.
“The size of a country and its power do not matter [in cricket]. We shouldn’t undermine them because they may take over in future as they have the capacity to invest in infrastructure and skill development,” Das told AFP in Kathmandu.