Here is a you-won’t-believe-this bit of trivia. Did you know that our neighbour, China, has a cricket team ? Well, cricket, as a sport is finding favour in countries around the world and many want their piece of the T20 pie. In fact, T20 cricket has attracted a lot of attention and even Germany has a T20 league now. However, China is in the news for bagging an embarrassing record. A record which might be broken only by their batsmen.
China scored just 35 runs in a T20 match against Thailand. No, they were not bundled out in a few overs. They played a total of 20 overs, survived it and still managed to score just 35 runs for the loss of 9 wickets.
In the process, they registered the second-lowest T20 score of all-time. It is also the lowest score by a team batting out a total of 20 overs. There is a stark difference between China’s score and the previous record. Bermuda scored 62 runs in a completed innings 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.
The highest run-scorer for China was Wang Ya. The number 9 batsman scored 8 runs off 11 deliveries. The most number of deliveries were played by opener Ning Sun who took 25 deliveries to score just 4 runs at a strike rate of 16. Extras too helped China score more as there were three wides in the innings.
The fact that China played 20 overs and scored at a run rate of 1.75 turned out to be too much for these Twitterati as they expressed their surprise on reading the scorecard:
Love how they weren’t bowled out Hahahaha, think it was a good decision to bat first anyway
— Craig Alexander (@CraigA95) October 3, 2018
Worth a shot?
Tell china cricket is played at olympics. They will thrash every team.
But jokes apart, they are in infancy stage. Its ok. Lots of growth remaining.
— Eshan (@_eshan) October 3, 2018
At least some positive there
China survived 20 overs!
— Eccles (@BruvverEccles) October 3, 2018
Chinese cricket team right now
— Shyam Sundar (@shyind) October 3, 2018
— Yash (@gooneryash) October 3, 2018
Since when China started playing cricket ??
— Mohan Sapkota (@Iammohansap) October 3, 2018
How is this even possible? pic.twitter.com/smz4q1BMfj
— Lesedi (@Les_Ndlovu) October 3, 2018
Quote of the day
Pyaar china ka maal ho skta hai pr cricket bilkul bhi nhi hai
— Akki (@CrickPotato1) October 3, 2018
This guy is happy
— Sanjay Singh (@SanjayS00663282) October 3, 2018
Thailand were upto the task chasing the target of 36 in just 2.4 overs. Seems like China have a long way to go if they are to compete against the giants of Asia.