Bangkok: China were bowled out for a humiliating 28 on Saturday as they crashed to a 390-run defeat against Saudi Arabia in a World Cricket League regional qualifier.
The paltry total was seven runs worse than the record for a full one-day international of 35 made by Zimbabwe against Sri Lanka in 2004. But it was still more than the record 50-over low score of 18 made by West Indies U19s against Barbados in Guyana in 2007.
Saudi Arabia piled up 418 off 50 overs before China’s outclassed batsmen collapsed to just 28 all out in 12.4 overs with ‘extras’ the top scorer on 13. Saudia Arabia are considered one of the top sides in the qualifier in Chiang Mai, which also features Thailand, Bhutan, Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar. Their batsmen blasted China’s bowlers to all sides of the ground, Mohammad Afzal getting 120 off 100 balls.
China’s opening partnership of Lu Cangcang and Zhuang Zelin lasted 45 balls – scoring 9 runs – before the rest of the side crumbled. No.6 Zhang Peng, who finished not out, was the only player not to take a duck, with Shahbaz Rasheed cleaning up the last three wickets with a hat-trick.
Despite their crushing defeat, China bowler Feng Yu returned five for 89 from his 10 overs.
China will be looking to bounce back on Sunday against Kuwait.