UAE bowls China out for just 14, wins match by a record 189 runs
China were thrashed, embarrassed and beaten black and blue by UAE in the ongoing Thailand Women's T20 Smash.
Updated - Jan 14, 2019 10:57 am
China might be a superpower in Olympic sports but it looks like they still have a long way to go when it comes to cricket. The performance of their women’s team on Sunday is a timely reminder of the huge ground they need to cover to become one of the leading teams in this game. China were thrashed, embarrassed and beaten black and blue by UAE in the ongoing Thailand Women’s T20 Smash, a 10-team tournament underway in Bangkok.
UAE’s decision to bat first turned out to be a good one as they went on to post their highest-ever total. They scored a mammoth 203 for 3 in the allotted 20 overs. Wicketkeeper-batter Esha Oza and her opening partner Chaya Mughal laid the foundation for a big total with a handsome 121-run stand for the first wicket. The partnership was broken when 20-year-old Oza departed after scoring her career-best 82 off 62 balls. Oza’s score is now also the highest T20I score by a UAE woman.
Mughal soon sent Oza in the dressing room after a composed 38 off 33 balls in the 14th over. But dismissing the openers did not bring any respite for China as Kavisha Kumari and Namita DSouza tore them apart by adding 51 runs off just 18 balls. With nothing working in their favour, China tried out as many as seven bowlers. However, it did not pay off and five of those seven bowlers ended up conceding more than 10 runs per over.
In reply, China’s innings lasted for just 48 minutes with UAE wrapping them inside ten overs. As many as six players failed to open their account while the highest score was only four during the disastrous batting show. UAE bowled out China for a paltry 14 to win the game by 189 runs.
The game, meanwhile, saw a couple of records being created. China’s 14 is now the lowest total in women’s T20I, beating the 18 runs scored by Mexico against Brazil last year.
On the other hand, UAE’s 189-run win is now the biggest margin of win in the shortest format of the game. Lesotho previously held the record after thrashing Namibia by 179 runs in August last year.