Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Ayaan Khan's all-round effort sees Oman hold off Namibia in second ODI. Ayaan Khan scored 83 and picked 1 for 38
Ayaan Khan scored 83 and picked 1 for 38
An impressive all-round showing from Ayaan Khan saw Oman strike back in the second match of the CWC League 2 trilateral series at Windhoek, the frontrunners holding off the hosts to cling on for a narrow nine-run last-over victory and consolidate their place at the top of the table.
Khan's brisk 83 off 93 balls at No. 4 drove Oman to a daunting 291-9 after winning the toss, and his parsimonious 9 overs yielded figures of 1 for 38 to ensure that the hosts, despite another fine innings from skipper JJ Smit, would fall short of the target.
Kashyap Prajpati and Aqib Ilyas had set the tone early, the former clipping the first two balls of the innings off his pads for four and shrugging off the early loss of Jatinder Singh (bowled by an inswinger from Ruben Trumpelmann) to take full advantage of the powerplay with Ilyas. The pair added a swift half-century stand before Ilyas became Trumpelmann's second victim, hitting the left-armer for back-to-back sixes, but holing out on the hook looking for a third.
At 73-2 after 9 overs Oman were well set, but the scoring slowed markedly after the field spread. Khan and Prajapati would put on another half-century stand before the latter departed in the 26th over, missing a slog sweep to be pinned in front by Ya France for 52. Ayaan Khan also reached fifty by way of a boundary, whipping Bernhard Scholtz over midwicket for a one-bouncer, and contributions of 24 runs apiece from Mohammad Nadeem, Zeeshan Maqsood and Sandeep Goud ensure Oman remained on course for a formidable score.
Namibia kept fighting, however, with Trumpelmann returning to find the next breakthrough. Nadeem gloved a short one on leg through to Zane Green, Maqsood holed out off Smit at deep square trying to force the pace and Khan himself eventually played over a straight one from Trumpelmann in the 45th after taking Oman to 250. Trumpelmann would complete his maiden ODI fiver wicket haul as Suraj Kumar gloved a short ball behind. The Oman tail kept finding the rope right to the end and with 191 on the board, the Red Brigade will have been the happier side at the break.
For much of the chase, Namibia looked equal to the task. Despite the early loss of Stephen Baard the hosts kept in touch with the rate for much of the innings, with the top order all contributing but none passing fifty. Zane Green was the best of the top order bats with a knock of 47 off 52. At 128-3 in the 25th Namibia looked in control of the chase, but the Oman spinners would wrestle the initiative back through the middle overs. Craig Williams failed to clear Ilyas on the rope off Maqsood and Nicol Loftie Eaton would pop a leading edge back to Oman skipper in his next over. Ruben Trumpelmann was promoted up the order to join Smit in the middle, and the pair put on another brisk partnership of 51 off 64 to bring the asking rate back down, but a needless run-out in the 33rd put Oman back ahead of the game, with Namibia still needing 119 off of 18 overs with just four wickets remaining.
So long as Smit was at the crease, the hosts looked in the game. The stand-in skipper brought up a second consecutive fifty before marking the beginning of the final ten by depositing his opposite number Maqsood over long on. Bilal Khan would keep Namibia under pressure through the death however, jagging one back in off the seam to bowl Jan Frylinck through the gate for 23, with 59 runs still needed.
Sandeep Goud spurned a chance to compound the loss, dropping a tricky high catch over the shoulder off his own bowling to reprieve Karl Birkenstock early, and Birkenstock would keep his captain company for a further six overs before inside-edging Nadeem onto his stumps in the 48th; Namibia still were 17 short at that point in time. Pikky Ya France saw out the over with Smit turning down singles for the last couple of balls, and a wicket maiden kept Oman's hopes alive.
Smit would rue keeping the strike on the first ball of the next over however, slicing a wide full toss from Bilal Khan into the hands of deep point to depart for 94, last man Berhard Scholtz joining Ya France with 17 needed off 11. Scholtz struggled to lay bat on ball until the final delivery of the over, with Oman happy to let him have the single to leave the hosts needing 16 off the last with their No. 11 on strike. Scholtz did manage to get down to the other end, but Ya France could not find the rope in five attempts, Nadeem's variations proving too slippery. Just six runs came off the final over as Oman closed out the win.
Oman will hope to carry their momentum into their next match against the UAE on Monday, while the hosts have two days to regroup before facing the Emiratis the following day.