Bhutan lose to Oman in ACC Challenge (Sports)

Published on Jan 22 2009 // Main News
Kathmandu, January 22: Bhutan lost to Oman by 213 runs in the final of ACC Trophy Challenge 2009 at Prem Oval Staduim in Thailand. 

Winning the toss, Bhutan choose field and ended up with 322 for 9 after 50 overs to Oman. Bhutan's was a strange decision on winning the toss to put Oman in to bat because, on this relatively warm morning, the wicket didn't have any dew on it and the drier the Prem wicket is, the more it turns as the match progresses, ACC writer says.

Oman had proper batsmen and proper bowlers while Bhutan had recorded good only in fielding, which led them to choose fielding first.

Thinley Jamtsho, Dilip Subba and Jigme Singye performed well jumping to catch head high on the boundary. Similarly, Adnan Ilyas of Oman was missed by the keeper off Lobzang Yonten.

"We were waiting for the mistakes," said Bhutan's coach Damber Singh Gurung in the interval, "but we made them."
In return, Bhutan could score only 104 off 40 overs with K. Subba 40 in his name.
Kumar Subba and Jigme Singye played well for their 4th-wicket partnership. Kumar Subba had been in from the start but struggled to get the ball away, his first 75 balls yielded just two boundaries. The required run-rate at the half-way stage, with Bhutan on 65 for 4 was over 10 an over.

Kumar Subba's doughty innings of 40 was ended by an extra bit of pace from Awal Khan and though the tail-enders stayed around a while, Oman wrapped up victory at the start of the 43rd over.

Bhutan have made it to the Final of every ACC Challenge group tournament they've played in the past two seasons, bar the Under-17s, but have won none, beaten each time by Middle Eastern countries. "The team is quite the same in all the competitions, we don't have many players and we have very little chance to practice in the conditions at home.

Once these players mature a bit more, get match-awareness and the youngsters coming up start pushing them, Bhutan will also do well in the Elite Groups," says coach Gurung.

Bhutan didn’t win the Challenge but they had made the final qualifying for the ACC Trophy Elite and that was their victory this tournament. Bhutan News Service