Rarely can the losing side come off the field happier than the victors but it happened today at Chiang Mai when Iran lost to China by 124 runs at the Prem Oval. “We batted 40 overs against China!,” said coach Monir Habibi, right after Iran’s Avideh Gilani, with the irrepressible verve of a born competitor, powered the last ball of the day through cover for a fiercely struck boundary.
China may have had better game sense and more ability, but it was not so long ago they were the newbies like Iran. Here, gifted runs by some loose Iranian bowling, they took advantage but still didn’t have things all their way. Iran were much better than they were in the first match against Nepal when they lost by 221 runs, China weren’t quite as good as when they beat Hong Kong by 30 runs. Opener Zhang Mei batted well again before being bowled in the 12 th over for 31 (34 balls, 4 fours) with the score on 73 for 2. Sun Huan held the innings together with a composed 69 off 81 balls before being ‘Mankaded’ by irrepressible scrapper Avideh but none of the other Chinese batters could impose themselves against some erratic bowling. Nevertheless China finished on 227 for 9 from their 40 overs, which was always going to be a winning score given the quality of their attack.
|Sun Huan hits out|
New ball bowler Wang Meng didn’t take part in the second half of the match because of a thigh strain which put an added burden on the Chinese bowlers and they were not at their best. Iran had bowled 42 wides, China countered with 43. For every four good deliveries in the over, there were two that weren’t. Iran’s batters played for 40 overs, not essaying too many strokes beyond a flat-bat swat on the legside and China rather let their ideal form slip away like a soapy plate.
China came off as big winners but haggard and weary; it was a 'lose face' victory. Iran celebrated their survival with a vigour which, if coupled with some serious skills and game development could see them match up to the teams ahead of them. China’s coach Monjurul Islam had his team do laps after the presentation ceremony. “You don’t just win a game with the bat,” he said, “you win it with the ball too. The team must learn this.”
ACC Women’s Premier 2014
Day 3: China v Iran at Prem Oval
CHINA WON BY 124 RUNS
China won the toss and chose to bat
China: 227 for 9 off 40 overs (Z.Mei 31, S.Huan 69; N.Rahshetaei 4-52)
Iran: 103 for 9 off 40 overs
Player of the Match: Sun Huan (China)
Filed February 13th, 2014