ACC Trophy Challenge - Iran fifth, Brunei seventh
The last time Iran played China, it was China's first ever international match. Iran scored 369 in that match and won by 307 runs, so when China bowled them out for just 55 today, Wang Lei taking 3-11, it was looking like the tables had turned and China were about to thrash Iran.
Nothing could be further from the truth though.
China lost their first wicket with just two on the board, and the wickets kept on coming. They went from 16-1 to 17-5 and then to 21-7. The tail threatened to wag briefly with a 17 run partnership for the eighth wicket, but the last three wickets all fell on 38.
The match was over by lunch and China had lost by 17 runs. Naeim Bameri took 4-12 and Abdolwahab Ebrahimpour took 3-12. Whilst China's bowling has clearly improved, their batting seems to have gone backwards since their debut just under two years ago.
In the seventh place play-off, it originally looked like Myanmar were also going to make a low score as they were quickly reduced to 34-6 by the Brunei bowlers. But a remarkable lower order recovery, led by number nine Aung Aung with an unbeaten 88 from 91 balls, took them to 178-9 from their 50 overs.
A first win for Myanmar wasn't on the cards though. Brunei's reply was led by Kiyasudeen Jahaber, who made an unbeaten 62. They lost eight wickets in their chase, but knocked off the runs in 38.4 overs. Khin Aye took 4-44 for Myanmar.
The final and third place play-off will take place tomorrow, with the Maldives playing Saudi Arabia for the trophy and Qatar taking on hosts Thailand for third place.