Despite producing individual brilliance in the ongoing Thailand women T20 smash 2019, the national women cricket team struggles to register the first win in the championship.
The team played Myanmar, one of the two countries without International Cricket Council world T20I rank, and lost to Myanmar by seven wickets yesterday.
Bhutan had to bat first with Myanmar deciding to field after winning the toss. At the end of the first inning, Bhutan recorded 87 runs in 20 overs. The latter won the required target of 88 runs within 17. 3 overs.
The lost against Myanmar was the third consecutive losses in the ongoing championship. Bhutan will play the undefeated host, Thailand in the last group stage match of the championship today.
Although the championship has one day left to play before semi-finals, Thailand, and Indonesia has confirmed their semi-final spot with the former winning all three games and the later losing only one.
Bhutan entered the championship facing Hong Kong, ranked 22 in the world and lost to the later by three wickets. However, Bhutan had a reason to go ahead into the championship with Dechen Wangmo winning player of the match award.
Dechen Wangmo won three wickets and 14 runs to be among the players that recorded best performances in the game. She is one of the experienced players in the current squad.
Team captain, Yeshey Wangmo said that the team would defeat any team if we tug things together and play some good cricket. “We still lack confidence. But if we think of improving individual performance, I am sure every game will become a great contest.”
In the second game of the championship, Bhutan lost to Indonesia by 50 runs. The national women team recorded 54 runs against Indonesia’s set target of 105 runs at the end of the second inning.
Chief executive officer with Bhutan cricket council board (BCCB), Dumber S Gurung said that the national team compared to last year was more serious. “If we could have the ability to score more, the result would have been different.”
He said that the team needed to work hard to achieve better results in international tournaments. “We are assessing their performance and what needs to be improved will be the further framework. I am sure, once our cricket ground gets ready in Gelephu, our national team’s performance will become better.”
The big problem for Bhutan has been batting on turf but has seen some exceptional batting performances from seniors in the first two matches according to BCCB.