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Professional Oman get through against US in last over without wobbles

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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