Crucial partnerships help Oman beat USA by six wicketsIt was Oman’s second win in successive days at the World Cup League 2 one day internationals.
Two crucial partnerships helped Oman score a comfortable six-wicket win over the United States of America in their ICC Men's Cricket World Cup League 2 match at the Tribhuvan University International Cricket Stadium, in Kirtipur, on Thursday.
It was Oman’s second consecutive win in two days. Chasing 214 runs after having put the USA in to bat, Oman did not have an ideal start to their innings. They lost Jatinder Singh (4) in the third over. The Punjab-born right-handed opening batsman was caught by Steven Taylor off the bowling of USA skipper, Saurabh Netravalkar.
However, a good 66-run second-wicket partnership between Khawar Ali (31) and Aqib Ilyas stemmed the rot. Thereafter, Oman lost two quick wickets and found themselves in a difficult situation at 87-3.
Ilyas and Mohammad Nadeem then starred for Oman as the pair added 64 runs for the fourth wicket. Before being clean bowled by Ian Holland in the 38th over, Ilyas created the foundation for Oman's victory with a brilliant innings of 72, studded with two sixes and six fours.
Nadeem, who had scored 69* in Oman's win over Nepal on Wednesday continued his good form and earned his second successive man of the match award. He remained unbeaten at 55 alongside Suraj Kumar (33) as they met their target with three balls to spare.
Earlier, the United States of America recovered from a loss of quick wickets to score a fighting 213 in their 50 overs.
Finding their team languishing at 54-4 in the 16th over, the pair of Akshay Homraj and Ian Holland added 82 runs for the fifth wicket to rescue the USA's innings. Homraj, scored 44 in the game, bettering his previous highest score of 34 in the one-day internationals. He, however, was clean bowled by Kaleemullah in the 33rd over. The Guyana-born right-handed batsman hit two sixes and three fours in his innings.
Elmore Hutchinson, known for his hard-hitting, came in next but could not stay for long at the crease as he misjudged a delivery of Oman skipper Maqsood and was out for 1. Hutchinson missed the ball in his attempt to club it for a maximum and was clean bowled, leaving the USA tottering at 139-6.
Holland was the next American batsman to depart, bowled by Aqib Ilyas in the 42nd over, which left the USA tottering at 169-7. Holland, who has played domestic cricket in Australia and England, scored 65 runs from 78 deliveries. His innings included seven fours.
The USA then lost their remaining three wickets while adding only 44 runs.
"It was an even competition with some key moments that did not go our way," said Netravalkar, the USA captain at the end of the match. The Oman skipper, Maqsood was however, elated with his team's two wins in two days. "It was a tough match for us, but the boys batted well."
Oman had scored an 18-run win over Nepal in the first match of the triangular series, on Wednesday. Hosts Nepal will next play the USA at the TU grounds, on Saturday.