ACC U-16 Challenge Cup 2010 - CHINA MARCH FORWARD

In a rain-affected match which saw Myanmar’s target of 110 adjusted to 81, China’s bowlers fought hard after a near two-hour delay. Bouncing back from their defeat to Iran yesterday China beat Myanmar by 46 runs at the Penang Sports Club.

Aung in full stride

Myanmar’s opening bowling pair of Captain Lin Aung and Khun Zaw could have inflicted more damage onto the batsmen at the start. Both were dangerous but both contributed 17 extras of the 19 runs that came off the first five overs. A total of 63 wides would be bowled in the first innings.

China’s batmen got themselves into a tangle in the ninth over when first, Ao Ruipeng strayed out of his crease after missing the ball and was run out. The very next ball Han Minjian fell to another run out. Two down in two balls and a third fell an over later.

Rang Jinyu

China were unnecessarily scrambling for runs and after running three off a delivery in the 11th over, Chen Hang was too slow for the fourth and China were 45 for 5 after 11 overs. Not attempting to play many shots, China’s strategy was apparent – play all 40 overs. After the game China’s Coach Monjurul Islam said, “That was the plan. If they stayed 40 overs, they’d win.”

Burly wicket-keeper/batsman Tian Haiyang brought in some attacking skill. Haiyang lifted the ball over the 30-yard circle on a few occasions getting in singles and doubles. The partnership with Rang Jinyu grew and by the end of the 23rd over, they had picked themselves up to 73 for 6 and the game was swinging China’s way.

Haiyang flicks one off his pads

It was soon a test of patience for both teams as the runs and wickets dried up. It was the reason why Jinyu came down the track in the 28th and heaved – he connected but it went high into the air and leg-break bowler Aung Ko did well to hold onto it. Haiyang’s innings came to an end in the 34th over when he was plumb lbw off the bowling of slow-left armer Zin Hlaing. Not lasting long after that, China finished at 110.

Myanmar lost two early wickets but in the ninth over at 23 for 2, the heavens opened up. It gave both teams time to re-discuss their strategy. Then off 24 overs Myanmar required 81 to win.

Song Yangyang delivers

A brilliant bowling spell by Song Yangyang and his three wickets in the opening overs after the delay lifted his team and at this point China knew they had Myanmar down for the count. The pressure piled on the batsmen, wickets then fell much too often (Myanmar’s last eight wickets falling for five runs), and medium-pacer Rang Jinyu (3-9) picked off the tail-enders with ease.

“They just had to put the ball in front of the wicket – and they did. It was a good performance by both my batsmen and bowlers,” added Islam.

China next face Oman at Universiti Sains Malaysia on July 16th. Oman beat Iran today by 82 runs.

China v Myanmar at Penang Sports Club
China won the toss and chose to bat
China: 110 all out off 36.5 overs
Myanmar: 34 all out off 19.3 overs (R. Jingyu 3-9, S. Yangyang 3-4)
Man of the Match: Rang Jinyu (China)

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Filed July 13th, 2010