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Professional Oman get through against US in last over without wobbles

Feb 06, 2020 | CN Staff |

Adarsha Dhakal, Kathmandu

Oman put their professional chase at disposal as Mohammad Nadeem once again held firm with back to back half century in a six-wicket defeat of USA for second consecutive victory in the ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 match on Thursday.

USA managed to reach 213 all out in 50 overs after they were put in but Oman neogiated with the total professionally taking the game until the last over and winning without any wobbles. They finished at 214-4 in 49.3 overs making sure they would not be left with much runs to get by the final over.

The victory lifted Oman to the fourth in the League 2 table while only run rate separae them with the US as both teams are tied on 12 points apiece. Oman have played one match less to that of 9 from the USA.

Scotland (nine) and Namibia (eight) follow the leaders. The United Arab Emirates (seven) are up next with Nepal and Papua New Guinea following them. PNG have lost their eighth straight game and Nepal, on Wednesday, lost to Oman by 18 runs in front of the home fans at the TU ground in their League 2 opener.

On Thursday, as the morning conditions aided the bowlers, Oman kept US batsmen on check before an 82-run partnership between Ian Holland and Akshay Homraj laid the foundation for their 200-plus score. With the TU ground surface cracking up after 50 overs, Oman knew they just had to stay calm although they lost opener Jatinder Singh (four) in the third over.

Khawar Ali and Aqib Ilyas stayed put in a 66-run partnership. Oman lost Ali (31) and skipper Zeeshan Maqsood (11) in a space of 17 runs at 87-3 before Nadeem once again remained firm for second consecutive day in Kirtipur. He got involved with Aqib for a 64-run stand and another defining 63-run unbroken partnership with Suraj Kumar.

The Nepali-origin Suraj Kumar, who once again received applause as he stepped in, made sure he repay the crowd making a 33 off 35. Nadeem's 85-ball 55 not out was another cornerstone. Both batsmen hit two fours and a six apiece before picking up four runs from the last over bowled by Holland.

Aqib was the leading run getter of the day notching up a 110-ball 72 hitting six fours and two sixes. He was bowled by Rusy Theron, the former South African international.  

Earlier, USA were 54-4 and Holland got involved in a half century partnership leading their side beyond 210, which would always look tricky at the TU surface. Holland top scored for them with 78-ball 65. He struck seven boundaries. Homraj contributed 44 from 53 hitting three fours and two sixes.

Man-of-the-match Nadeem picked up 3-43 for Oman. Bilal Khan, Maqsood and Aqib took two wickets paiece.


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