ACC Women’s Twenty20 2009 Day 3 - CHINA MAKE MALAYSIA SUFFER

China won a must-win game for them in beating Malaysia by eight wickets, to give themselves an outside chance of a semi-final place. It was Malaysia’s first defeat of the tournament and means they’ll have to win their win their remaining two matches to be sure of a place in the ACC Women’s Twenty20 Championship semi-final.

China’s new cricketers have found bowling easier to pick up than batting and as bowlers they dominated the match, but Malaysia’s batters did make it easy for them. The nets-trained batters are appalling judges of a run. In their previous two matches they didn’t run enough, this time, under instructions to run more, they ran themselves out.

There were two run-out chances which China couldn’t take but third time they did and the fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth.

China kept plugging away, attacking with the ball. Arina Rahim, Malaysia’s captain and a player with great head, heart and skill, got one that bounced and was taken chest-high at gully and with that hopes of Malaysia putting up a decent score were severely dented. The self-inflicted run-outs didn’t help either and they finished on 45 in the 15th over.

All-round soundness from Hu Ting Ting

Hu Ting Ting looks some player for China. Strong off the front and back-foot, with plenty of time to play her strokes, she’s correct, elegant and a fine judge of a run. She’s also played international football for China’s youth team. A little below par up to now in the tournament, “Today she just had a more positive attitude than before, she can play very well,” said China’s coach Rashid Khan.

Once fellow opener Sun Mengyao fell, no one else on the other side quite had Ting Ting’s class though and Malaysia were able to gain some traction in the match when bowling to the others. It was a different game to Ting Ting’s for all the other batsmen and she was having to guide them throughout while at the middle. They were particularly uncertain against the slow left-arm spin of Alessandra Shunmugam. There was a good contest between Malaysia’s medium pacer Nur Aishah and Ting Ting.

After 10 overs, China were 34-2, needing just 12 more. And they calmly went on to win in the 15th. “A good result for us, we played well and were always in control, we showed we could bat, bowl and field to a good standard,” said their coach Rashid Khan afterwards.

Women's coach Mamatha Maben, Hu Ting Ting, Wang Meng, National coach Rashid Khan look back on a job well done

ACC Women’s Twenty20 Championship
Day 3: Malaysia v China at Selangor Turf Club
Malaysia won the toss and chose to bat
Malaysia: 45 off 14.4 overs (W.Meng 3-12)
China: 46 for 2 off 14.2 overs
Player of the Match: Wang Meng (China)

Pictures by Peter Lim

ACC Women’s Twenty20 Championship 2009

Filed July 5th, 2009