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14 all out: China cricket hopes stumped by record

AFP  |  Bangkok 

Cricket's governing body has long dreamed of spreading the game to China, but the latest performance by its women's team is unlikely to inspire many in the world's most populous nation to take up the bat and ball.

were skittled out for just 14 runs at a tournament in on Sunday -- the lowest ever score in a Twenty20 international match, for men or women.

In reply to the United Arab Emirates' massive 203 for 3, were bowled out in under an hour and with 10 overs to spare at the T20 Smash.

Hin Lili led their fleeting resistance to the UAE's unsparing attack, top-scoring with four.

The T20 Smash includes fellow cricketing underdogs Malaysia, and

It is not the first embarrassment to befall Chinese against Asian nations who dominates in economic and political terms, but struggles to match on the wicket.

In October last year, China's men made a dismal 26 against at a World Twenty20 qualifier, a total bested in just 11 balls.

is a newcomer to world cricket, having fielded its first international team at

Its women's team is ranked 25th of 47 countries playing women's T20, according to the International Council website.

China's men and women play mainly low-ranking T20 events against regional Asian sides, most of whom are also minnows on the global cricketing stage.

The ICC has previously described China as a "strategic priority", and said it is working with the China Association on ways to "achieve sustainable growth in one of the most complex and competitive markets in the world".

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 16:40 IST
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