Takeaway the wides by both sides (91 in total) and this was a pretty good match. Both China and Myanmar showed the benefits of good coaching coupled with moments of individual flair in a highly competitive encounter.

China came out winners thanks to their captain Du Jinlong whose performance with bat and ball made him Man of the Match. Rashid Khan his coach named Du Jinlong 'Mountain Man' last year when he first met him as he strove to transform this lumbering hulk into a dynamic cricketer. He may just have succeeded. "Mountain Man is thinking quick these days, next year we'll have to come up with a different name for him," said China's manager Zhang Tian.

China's Du Jinlong: Solidity personified against
Myanmar's Yan Ming Aung

Coming in at 3, Du held China's innings together with a well-composed 38 off 72 deliveries. He rode the bounce well whenever Myanmar's nippy seamers pitched short and thrice played off-drives, each one better than the last, which just purred to the boundary.

Myanmar's bowlers impressed throughout the day, not so much with their accuracy – they really made life difficult for their wicket-keeper Myat Min Hein - but with the fact that they kept racing in with maximum enthusiasm. When they got it right, they got it very right. On another day they may well bowl out China for less.

Myanmar's Myat Min Hein falls first ball
A slumbering giant: China's captain Du Jinlong

China's bowlers performed better today than against Bhutan, not forsaking their 55 wides. They bowled deliveries of much more menace and their pacemen bowled some absolute rippers. Li Jian with a new ball got the ball to climb off a length and struck the gutsy Min Wai on the body a couple of times. All of Myanmar's batsmen – bar Myat Min Hein who was bowled first ball - showed enough to suggest that they have higher scores in them and a last-wicket stand of 22 showed that they are not without fight.

China were worthy winners but it could be much closer when they next meet.

China v Myanmar at Prem Center, Chiang Mai
Myanmar won the toss and elected to field
China: 157 off 39.5 overs (D. Jinlong 38)
Myanmar: 102 off 33.3 overs (D. Jinlong 3-14)
Man of the Match: Du Jinlong (China)


Filed December 09 2007