China, who lost to Saudi Arabia by 390 runs, made only 28 runs in the regional qualifiers match in Thailand, they had to face embarrassment. Saudi Arabia scored a score of 418 runs in 50 overs, after which the Chinese batsmen got stuck in 12.4 overs. For the team, the maximum was 13 runs.
The score of China was less than seven runs from Zimbabwe’s 35 runs in 2004 in ODIs, which they made against Sri Lanka. Although it was more than 18 runs made in 2007 against Barbados of the West Indies Under-19 team.
Shahbaz Rashid (50) and Mohammad Afzal (91), with the help of 13 fours and two sixes, made a century on behalf of Saudi Arabia. After this, captain Shoaib Ali played a sensational innings and brought the team over 400 runs. He scored 91 runs in 41 balls. In his innings he made ten fours and six sixes.
Chinese bowler Feng Yu took five wickets in 89 balls with ten wickets in ten overs. China’s chasing after such a big score is getting worse. Saudi Arabia’s Ibar-ul-Haq and leg-spinner Imran Arif sent pavilions to three-three players. Apart from this, spinner Shahbaz Rashid finished the match with a hat-trick. He had the chance to pick four wickets in four balls, but Xiang Shuao, 11th ranked player, did not bat due to injury.
Saudi Arabia is considered to be the winner of the tournament in the first phase of the 2023 World Cup qualifiers.