This was Bhutan’s fourth loss against the Saudis.
Bhutan chose to bat first after winning the toss at Selangor Turf Club ground, and started poorly, when Thinley Jamtsho was bowled out in the second over. Dechen Wangchuk returned to the pavilion in the 10th over after scoring 10 runs.
Susil Sharma and Kencho Norbu gave some hope for the team with 31 runs between the two, but not for long. Susil was stumped after scoring 13 runs in the 15th over bowled by Faheem Afrad.
The most reliable batsman and team captain Jigme Singye could not save his team, as he made his way back after scoring only four runs. Bhutan was bundled out for 93 runs after the end of 30 overs. Kencho Norbu top scored with 44 runs in 85 balls.
In return, Saudi Arabia reached the mark in the 15th over with the loss of two wickets. Saudi Arabia’s Emad Uddiin was named man of the match.
“They outplayed us today in all departments,” Jigme Singye, in an email interview, said.
Bhutan will play China for the third or fourth place today at Selangor Turf Club ground.