Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Hameed and Rizwan star as UAE go two from two against Oman. Hameed's spell of 5-17 saw Oman collapse to 196 all out.
Hameed's spell of 5-17 saw Oman collapse to 196 all out.
A maiden ODI five-wicket haul for Basil Hameed and a composed, unbeaten 76 from CP Rizwan saw the UAE rack up another victory over hosts Oman in the second match of their catch-up CWC League 2 series in Muscat on Sunday (February 6).
Shoaib Khan's counter-attacking 59-ball 68 from No.5 saw the hosts recover from 59 for 3 to reach 158 by the 35th over after again being asked to bat first, but Hameed's spell of 5-17 saw them collapse to 196 all out. Despite a late fightback from the Omani seamers, Rizwan saw UAE home with 27 balls and four wickets to spare.
Oman found the going tough early on, with Kashif Daud and debutant Akifullah Raja made the most of the seam-friendly conditions to keep the home openers pegged back. Raja found the first wicket in the 8th over, finding some late in swinging to knock back the dangerous Jatinder Singh's off-stump with just 22 on the board. Khawar Ali struggled against the moving ball at the other end, having managed to contribute just 4 runs in the opening 10 overs, only to be pinned in front by Ahmed Raza at the first introduction of spin. Rohan Mustafa also struck in his first over, having Prajapati caught behind for 29, gloving one up to the keeper on the sweep to leave Oman on the back foot at 59 for 3 after 20 overs.
Ayaan and Shoaib Khan arrested and then reversed the momentum, however, compiling an accelerating 99-run partnership for the 4th wicket. Shoaib brought up his fifty pulling Rafikullah for a lofter four over midwicket in the 32nd over, following up with a squarer, higher pull for six next ball. The pair set Oman a solid platform, taking the hosts to 159 for 3 by the 35th over before Raza found the breakthrough, as Shoaib holed out to Mustafa at deep cover. Hameed ensured Oman could not capitalise on the recovery, however, striking with his fourth ball in the next over, having Khan caught at long off for 33 to kick off a spell of 5-17 in 6.2 overs, the offspinner running through the middle order and tail as Oman collapsed to 195 all out.
The chase began inauspiciously for the visitors as Waseem feathered an edge through off Bilal Khan in the fifth over, but Chirag Suri and Rizwan steadied things, adding 72 for the second wicket to put the UAE well in control. Suri eventually fell to Khawar Ali for 43, rapped on the front pad playing for the absent turn on the 3rd ball of the 22nd, but Vriitja Aravind provided Rizwan with ample support, contributing 34 runs to their half-century 3rd-wicket stand. Aravind was once reprieved on 22, a high chance spilled at midwicket of Zeeshan Maqsood, but added just 12 more to his score before driving the same bowler straight to extra cover.
At 132-3 after 36 UAE had the chase well in hand, but the hosts didn't make things easy for themselves. Bilal Khan ended a handy cameo from Mohammad Usman on the final ball of the 40th, taking the left-hander's outside edge to see him back in the pavilion for a 13-ball 18, before Kaleemullah swung one through the gate to remove Hameed for a three-ball duck. Rohan Mustafa went without scoring in the next over, a leading-edge off Khan spiralling out to mid-off, and with the sixth wicket falling with 27 runs still required, the UAE might have had cause to worry.
Yet despite having lost three partners in as many overs, Rizwan pressed on undaunted and found a useful partner in Kashif Daud, who effectively put the game to bed with a towering straight six off Kaleemullah in the 45th. He denied Rizwan the chance to hit the winning runs in the next over, guiding Khan's third ball down to third man to wrap up a well-deserved victory.
The win saw UAE go to fourth place on the table, just three points behind the USA with fully seven games in hand. Oman remained top of the log, still well placed on 14 wins from 22 matches, though Tuesday's final match in the series will be their last home fixture.