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T20 World Cup: Oman off to flying begin with 10-wicket conquer Papua New Guinea

Oman off to flying start with 10-wicket triumph over Papua New Guinea
Oman had been off to a flying begin within the Twenty20 World Cup on Sunday with a 10-wicket rout of debutants Papua New Guinea.

Papua New Guinea had been dismissed for 131 in 13.4 overs.

Zeeshan Maqsood’s males ticked all of the packing containers, with their bowling, catching and batting giving the house followers loads to cheer about on the Oman Cricket Academy Floor on Sunday.

Maqsood himself took 4 wickets to assist prohibit the opposition to 129/9, earlier than half-centuries for openers Jatinder Singh and Aaqib Ilyas eased them previous the goal in 13.4 overs.

Not a lot went PNG’s means after they discovered themselves 0/2 inside the primary two overs, with captain Assad Vala’s fifty the one spotlight for them on a troublesome day.

The opening pair of Jatinder and Ilyas barely regarded beneath strain within the chase. They had been stable reasonably than flashy through the Powerplay, with the primary six coming solely within the eighth over, off the bat of Ilyas.

Jatinder, who was sturdy with the reverse sweep all day, was the primary to convey up his fifty, off 33 balls. Attending to face a free hit, he bought to the landmark with a six over long-on and introduced out his trademark celebration.

Ilyas, who had been caught off a no-ball, bought to his half-century in 43 balls, earlier than Jatinder sealed the sport with a ultimate six.

Earlier, put in, PNG overcame a disastrous begin the place they had been 0/2, due to a nationwide document third-wicket stand of 81 off 60 balls between captain Vala and Charles Amini. Vala was the highest scorer of the PNG innings, putting an entertaining 43-ball 56.

Nevertheless, the center order couldn’t capitalise, as Maqsood ran by means of the line-up with three wickets in his second over.

PNG misplaced each openers within the first two overs of the match with Oman’s new-ball pair of Bilal Khan and Kaleemullah inflicting havoc. Bilal took the primary wicket of the event when he bought the ball to form in to Tony Ura, who edged onto his stumps. The subsequent over, Kaleemullah foxed Lega Siaka along with his outswing, earlier than a straighter one was chopped onto the stumps.

Amini and Vala, although, remained unperturbed and stored up the assault. Amini was the aggressor early on within the stand, getting going with a few boundaries.

The partnership had guided the World Cup debutants to 70 on the midway mark when a direct hit from Mohammad Nadeem broke the stand. Amini, who had set off for a single from the non-striker’s finish, couldn’t make it again in time as Nadeem did a sensible bit of labor off his personal bowling.

Vala, who wanted medical consideration following a collision with the bowler, introduced up a tremendous fifty with a straight six. Nevertheless, he fell trying to up the ante, as Jatinder ran in from long-on to take excessive catch.

The lack of Vala within the fifteenth over with the crew rating at 102 triggered a collapse. The center and decrease order might solely add 27 extra, even because the Oman bowlers had been aided by wonderful fielding.

Maqsood spun the momentum his crew’s means, by sending again Norman Vanua, Sese Bau and Kiplin Doriga in the identical over. Wonderful work by Nadeem, who held his steadiness within the deep to take a excessive catch of Damien Ravu, gave the skipper his fourth wicket. He completed with 4/20.

Oman had the house benefit in simply their second T20 World Cup and Maqsood believed the spinners within the crew might do the trick at Al Amerat floor.

“The pitch seems to be dry and we’ve spin bowlers with us,” Maqsood stated on the toss of the primary spherical match.

“We now have ready very well and need to give our greatest and qualify for the subsequent spherical.”

PNG captain Assad Vala was assured of exhibiting from his crew that make their first ever look in a World Cup.

“I might have bowled first as properly. The preparation has been good and we have to use our aptitude and provides the whole lot we’ve bought,” stated Vala.

“We wish to play the PNG means, which you hopefully will see quickly. We now have all-round crew.”

The seventh version of the event is being staged by Oman and the United Arab Emirates with the Board of Management for Cricket in India taking part in hosts.

Oman subsequent tackle Bangladesh on Tuesday, October 19, whereas PNG face Scotland within the first match the identical day.

The highest two groups from this group B will advance into the Tremendous 12 stage, beginning October 23, to satisfy the heavyweights.


Oman: Jatinder Singh, Khawar Ali, Aqib Ilyas, Zeeshan Maqsood (capt), Naseem Khushi (wk), Prajapathi, Mohammad Nadeem, Ayan Khan, Sandeep Goud, Kaleemullah, Bilal Khan

Papua New Guinea: Tony Ura, Assad Vala (capt), Charles Amini, Lega Siaka, Norman Vanua, Sese Bau, Simon Atai, Kiplin Doriga (wk), Nosaina Pokana, Damien Ravu, Kabua Morea

Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (NZL), Kumar Dharmasena (SRI)

TV umpire: Richard Kettleborough (ENG)

Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)