ACC U19 Challenge Cup Malaysia 2011

Thinley's 68 runs from 55 balls

Bhutan beat China by six wickets on Saturday, July 9 to finish third in the recently concluded U-19 Challenge Cup held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Team Bhutan

Team Bhutan

It was Bhutan’s second win over China, having met earlier in the opening match of the tournament.
China was asked to bat first after Bhutan won the toss. Bhutan got their first breakthrough in the fifth over, when Song Yangyang was caught by Susil Sharma off the bowling of Nima Gurung. Susil Sharma got rid of Han Minjian in the eighth over, while Nima Gurung got Li Jian in the 11th over, to restrict China to 27 for 3.
Zhang Yufei and Wang Jing together put up 40 runs for the fourth wicket, before Jigme Singye got rid of Zhang Yufei leg before wicket (LBW). Sonam Dorji also joined the party, when he bowled Wang Jing to have China 85 for five wickets.
China were bowled out at 174 after the end of 50 overs. Jigme Singye and Nima Gurung shared two wickets each, while Susil Sharma and Sonam Dorji managed to take one each. Two wickets came from run-outs.

Bhutan started their innings brilliantly; the first wicket stand between Thinley Jamtsho and Dechen Wangchuk saw 51 runs before losing the latter. Thinley Jamtsho went on to score 68 runs of 55 balls, his second half century of the tournament.
Bhutan lost Kencho Norbu (4 runs) and Susil Sharma (10), after which Thinley Tenzin and Jigme Singye’s 64 runs partnership took Bhutan to a comprehensive victory.
Thinley's 68 runs from 55 balls

Thinley's 68 runs from 55 balls

Jigme Singye was named the man of the match, his third award of the tournament.
“We expected to reach the finals, but a few things didn’t go as we’d have liked, and we feel very disappointed for our supporters,” said the players over an email interview.
“We’re grateful to all the supporters that we could at least make it to the semis,” said Captain Jigme Singye. “We received many emails and messages from our friends and others, after and before the match, and that was a good inspiration for us,” he added.
Bhutan participating in this tournament and standing third position will beg some points in ACC ranking system. Bhutan is in tenth position out of 20 countries in ACC at present.
In the finals, Saudi Arabia beat Kuwait by four wickets. Both the teams qualify for the elite group.

3rd/4th Playoff: Bhutan v China at Selangor Turf Club
Bhutan won the toss and elected to field
China: 174 for 8 off 50 overs (Z.Yufei 30, W.Jing 35)
Bhutan: 175 for 4 off 34.4 off overs (T.Jamtsho 68, J.Singye 35*)
Man of the Match: Jigme Singye (Bhutan)
Player of the Tournament: Sherjeel Tahir (Kuwait)
Batsman of the Tournament: Emad Uddin (Saudi Arabia)
Bowler of the Tournament: Faheem Afrad (Saudi Arabia)
Most Promising Player: Abdul Jabbar Iftikhar (Kuwait)

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