Myanmar elected to bat first after winning the toss. Bhutan’s mixture of pace and spin bowling yet again did the job, bundling Myanmar out for 138 in 41
A fine all-round performance: Capt.
Jigme Singye shone with both bat
overs; 67 of which runs came from extras. Zarni Thein top scored with 21 runs.
Bhutan’s captain, Jigme Singye, again showed his class with his leg spin, picking up four wickets from his eight overs, giving away just 20 runs. Nima Gurung and Sherub Dorji snapped up two wickets each, while Dechen Wangchuk and Tshering Tobgay scalped one each.
Bhutan lost their first wicket in the second over, with Thinley Jamtsho run out for nought. The second wicket fell when Kencho Norbu was given leg before wicket (LBW). Susil Sharma (39) and Jigme Singye (29 not out) took Bhutan to their second victory in 29 overs with a loss of six wickets.
Myanmar’s Aung Aung was the pick of their bowlers with four wickets for 44 runs. Jigme Singye bagged his second man of the match award of the tournament.
In an email interview, Susil Sharma said, “I’m disappointed that I couldn’t get to the 50 mark, but the way I played has surely lifted my confidence. We did expect to win, but we’ve gone wrong in some way that has to be corrected before our big match ahead,” he added.
“We have to bat and bowl well, keep the plan simple that makes the game more effective,” said coach and team manager, Damber Gurung. “So far they’re picking up but have to get stronger and ready to play tougher teams in the knock-out stage,” Damber added.
Bhutan will play Iran tomorrow at the Penang Sports Club ground.