Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Ayan, Maqsood hand USA third defeat. Oman sit 8 points clear of USA at the top of the ICC CWC League 2 table
Oman sit 8 points clear of USA at the top of the ICC CWC League 2 table
A superb all-round show from Ayan Khan and Zeeshan Maqsood had USA slump to their third defeat in Oman. Khan bagged 4 crucial wickets and held the Oman innings together with a steady 41 while Maqsood, a bit more audacious with the bat, clubbed 6 sixes on his way to a run-a-ball 53 and returned neat figures of 1 for 30 in 7 overs. Monank Patel (56 off 58) and Gajanand Singh (48 off 48) were the only two USA batsmen who looked potent enough to mount a fair challenge to Oman's score of 274 as USA meekly folded for 202 with more than 10 overs to spare.
Contrary to his nature, Oman opener Jatinder Singh chose a restrained approach to offset his innings. Singh, however, got in his stride with two neatly struck boundaries of Saurabh Netravalkar. Debutant Pruthvik Macchi looked compact and rather unperturbed with the sense of the occasion and added 58 runs for the first wicket before Nosthush Kenjige had him knicking behind. Singh crunched timely boundaries off Kenjige in the next few overs as he desperately tried to keep the run rate afloat with Ayaan Khan batting on 3 off 22 balls at a certain stage. Singh's breezy innings of 42 off 55 deliveries was prematurely ended by a howler of an LBW decision, with replays clearly showing impact way outside the line of the off stump. Batting on 14 off 43, Ayaan Khan repeatedly failed to get the ball off the square until he bludgeoned a six and boundary off consecutive deliveries off Karima Gore to break the shackles. Watching his partner break free, Nadeem tried to wield the long handle unsuccessfully, holing out to deep midwicket with the score at 115 for 3 after 25 overs.
Zeeshan Maqsood's knock came in as a breath of fresh air for Oman. He launched his counterpart Netravalkar for a massive six over deep mid-wicket. That helped him springboard his innings, as he looked to switch gears by pummeling two slog sweeps over the deep midwicket region off one Gore over. Maqsood fell to Taylor with an ill-timed slog over cow corner but not before he was on a rampage, clobbering three sixes within the space of three overs. A flurry of wickets thwarted Oman's death over charge as Maqsood, Ayaan and Suraj Keeper fell within the space of 14 runs with Oman precariously placed at 205 for 6 at the end of the 44th over.
Sandeep Goud, Naseem Khushi and Kaleemullah combined to take the game away completely from USA's grasp, adding 69 in the last six overs. Khushi unleashed with full fury, plundering 18 runs including two powerful strikes over the midwicket boundary off Netravalkar in the 47th over. Oman rode on that momentum, netting 35 runs off the final three overs with Khushi and Kaleemullah finishing on a high with a six each off the final over of the innings against Nisarg Patel.
Chasing 275, USA openers Dominique Rikhi and Steven Taylor were back in the pavilion with single digit scores. Bilal Khan and Kaleemullah pounded the lifeless pitch hard enough to have Rikhi trapped in front and castle Taylor. Coming in at number 4, Nisarg Patel tried to hold an end up with Monank assuming a more attacking role. Dismissed cheaply off a Bilal Khan slower ball in the previous encounter, Monank took the challenge head on. He made his intentions clear with a pull off Khan in front of the square that went sailing over the rope. He caressed an on drive and a cover drive off Kaleemullah to have USA finish the first powerplay at 40 for 2.
The pair added 66 for the 3rd wicket before Khawar Ali foxed Nisarg with a wrong one as Nisarg failed to convert yet another start on the tour to a substantial score. Monank drilled one over long off on an over flighted delivery off Ayaan Khan to bring up his 3rd ODI half-century. A resolute innings from Monank ended untimely as he edged one off Ayaan Khan. Monank looked visibly distraught with replays showing inconclusive evidence of a possible edge.
Jaskaran Malhotra toiled hard to clear the fence, but the Oman spinners kept him at bay. With singles drying up and the required rate mounting, Malhotra perished for a laborious 32 ball 17 off a Maqsood arm ball that disturbed his woodwork. As Malhotra departed with USA at 128 for 5 in the 29th over, Gajanand Singh battled hard for his run a ball 48 to prop up a deflated USA innings. The wheels came off the USA run chase after Khawar Ali hoodwinked a charging Singh with a googly with USA at 187 for 7. Ayaan Khan and Khawar Ali cleaned up the rest of the tail within 15 runs to end USA's ordeal with the bat.