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Sticky wicket as China crash to 26 all out - again

AFP  |  Kuala Lumpur 

may have the world's biggest population and the second largest economy, but they are yet to impress in one area: the field, where they have been humbled by minnows

China's latest foray on the international stage ended in a huge defeat on Wednesday as they scored only 26 all out in a World Twenty20 qualifier, a total which surpassed in just 11 balls.

It wasn't even their worst innings of the tournament: were 26 all out in their loss to Singapore, and they had scores of 35 for nine, 45, and 48 in defeats to Thailand, and

Given that the highest score in top-tier T20 internationals is Australia's 263 for three against in 2016, still have some way to go.

Against Nepal, opening batsman top-scored for China with 11 runs. The next biggest contribution was the nine extras, and IPL bowler picked up three wickets for four runs.

Qun Tiansen, one of eight Chinese players out for a duck, then went for 21 runs in his first and only over as Binod Bhandari smashed 24 in Nepal's quickfire reply of 29-0. in China has a short history with its national team making its first international appearance at

The giant nation is known for ploughing huge sums into sports, especially and the Olympic disciplines. But does not enjoy a similar status in China.

"The size of country and its power do not matter (in cricket)," former told AFP in

"We shouldn't undermine them because they may takeover in future as they have capacity to invest in infrastructure and skill development." Nepal, meanwhile, gained ODI status in March and have now set their sights on joining the world's elite by achieving Test status.

A former with Nepal's cricket association, Chhumbi Lama, said the victory over China was always a formality for the small, nation.

"China might be stronger in terms of power and economy than Nepal, but Nepal is stronger than China when it comes to cricket. Beating China is not a big achievement for Nepal," he told AFP.

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First Published: Thu, October 11 2018. 15:25 IST