Thinley Namgay  

The senior national women’s cricket team will play their last game against Bahrain today in the ongoing Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Women’s T20 Championship 2022 in Malaysia.

Bhutan lost three consecutive games against Nepal, Hong Kong, and Kuwait.

In their third appearance yesterday, the girls lost to Kuwait by three wickets.

In the game of 20 overs, Bhutan snatched 112 runs in 19.4 overs, but the opponent achieved 116 runs in 19 overs.

On June 18, Hong Kong beat Bhutan by 14 runs.  Bhutan made 88 runs with the fall of seven wickets in 20 overs. Hong Kong got 102 runs despite losing eight wickets in 20 overs.

Bhutan conceived a major defeat against Nepal by 50 runs in the opening game on June 17. Nepal grabbed 94 runs with the fall of nine wickets in 20 overs.

Chief Executive Officer of Bhutan Cricket, Damber S Gurung, said the performances could have been better had there been enough training time.

“The training was not enough due to the pandemic, and some quality players couldn’t be part of the team due to personal reasons,” Damber S Gurung, said.

The girls reached Malaysia on June 14.

The ongoing competition is the second major international tournament for the senior national women’s cricket team amid the pandemic after the 2021 International Cricket Council’s T20 World Cup Asia Qualifiers in Dubai, UAE, in November.

The two groups are playing a single round-robin, where the top two teams from each group will qualify for the semi-finals and the final.

UAE is leading group A with five points, and Hong Kong is at the top of group B with six points.

The current championship resumed after a hiatus of over nine years.

The final will take place on  June 25.