Hong Kong and Thailand defeated by full members on day two in China
With full members taking part for the first time in the women's cricket tournament at the Asian Games it was always going to be a tough ask for Hong Kong and Thailand to win their matches today, though they would have expected to do a little better than they did.
In the day's opening match Thailand batted first against Pakistan. They could only manage 49 in 19.3 overs, with extras the top scorer with 18. Siwaporn Kosathong was the only batsman to make double figures, whilst Sana Gulzar was the pick of the bowlers with 4-8. Pakistan knocked off the runs in 8.3 overs to win by 8 wickets.
Bangladesh may not be a Test and ODI playing team in women's cricket, but their win over Hong Kong was even more comprehensive than Pakistan's thrashing of Thailand. They bundled Hong Kong out for just 25 in 17 overs, with only Keenu Gill reaching double figures.
Running between the wickets was evidently a major problem for Hong Kong, with a quite remarkable seven run outs in the innings, which ACC statisticians are reporting is a record for any significant match, something that my brief research indicates is probably accurate.
Bangladesh obviously had little trouble with that target, and reached 26 in 3.4 overs to win by ten wickets.
Tomorrow will see Pakistan play China and Bangladesh play Japan. The winners of those matches will reach the semi-finals, whilst the losers will play the winners of Tuesday's matches - Malaysia v Thailand and Hong Kong v Nepal. The losers of those games on Tuesday will be eliminated from the tournament.