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Bhutan’s national women cricket team suffered a huge defeat at the hand of Thailand on Monday during the final match of the ASEAN Women’s T20 open tournament, Kuensel reports.
Bhutan had the chance of finishing among the top three teams with a total of three points after playing four matches. At the finals, Thailand defeated Bhutan by eight wickets.
Bhutan won the toss and elected to bat first. However they were bundled out in 13 overs scoring 16 runs only. Thailand needed 17 runs to win and secured the required runs within two overs. Twelve runs of Nattya Boochatham and two runs from Nannapat Khoncharoenkai gave Thailand a comfortable eight wickets win at the Thailand Cricket ground.
Bhutan began the campaign with a nine-run win over higher ranked team of Hongkong on March 6.
Bhutan set the victory target at 89 runs for Hongkong to win the match. However, the latter could secure 79 runs only. The win over Hongkong was the only win for the team.
Bhutan lost to Indonesia by four wickets in the second game. Its third match against Malaysia was abandoned and both teams won a point each. The decision helped Bhutan increase the table point by one.
Bhutan faced Tanzania for the first time at the fourth game of the tournament on March 11. Tanzania elected to bat first after winning the toss and secured 92 runs at the end of first innings. Bhutan secured 50 runs with all the wickets falling out by the end of 19 overs.
The national women cricket team played their first international match at the ACC Women’s T20 championship in 2009.The host team from Thailand remains on the top followed by Tanzania. Top two teams will play the finals of the series on March 14.