Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Oman get T20 WC underway in dominant fashion. Both Jatinder Singh and Aqib Ilyas scored half-centuries for Oman.
Both Jatinder Singh and Aqib Ilyas scored half-centuries for Oman.
In a nutshell
Co-hosts Oman hammered Papua New Guinea by 10 wickets in the opening game of the T20 WC, which returned after a five-year hiatus. Openers Jatinder Singh and Aqib Ilyas added unbeaten 131 runs, tracking down the runs in only 13.4 overs after captain Zeeshan Maqsood's 4 for 20, the best T20I figures for Oman, had restricted the opposition to only 129/9.
Wickets before runs on the board for PNG
The tournament started on a disastrous note for PNG when they lost their openers without a run on the board. Bilal Khan bowled Tony Uraw with the fifth ball of the match before Lega Siaka met the same fate against Kaleemullah in the next over, with both openers found wanting in the footwork.
Recovery led by Assad Vala
That PNG got to 129 in their 20 overs was largely due to their captain Vala who walked in at No.3 and played a mature hand en route to a half-century. He hit 4 fours and 3 sixes in his innings of 56 off 43, and put on an important 81 runs for the third wicket with Charles Amini (37 off 26). But Amini got run out by Mohammad Nadeem in the 11th over while Vala was out to a brilliant catch by Jantinder in the deep a couple of overs later.
The Zeeshan Maqsood show
The Oman captain brought himself to bowl only in the 13th over, the left-arm spinner hoping to sneak in a few quiet overs after Amini's run out. He even conceded a six to Vala in his opening over but in his next, bowling from the other end, he returned three wickets and conceded only 1 run. PNG went on to lose 4 for 6 and were restricted to a below par score on a good pitch at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground.
Openers lead the charge
The run-chase started on a slow note, with both Jatinder and Aqib careful in their quick singles against the electric PNG fielders inside the ring. But that soon gave way to a flurry of shots as both openers went on to get their fifties. Jatinder showed the extra gear he's known for, hitting 7 fours and 4 sixes in his 42-ball 73 not out. PNG didn't have a great day with regards to their bowling discipline as well as catching, as they dropped both the openers at least once. The lack of cricket for PNG, made worse by the pandemic, showed.
Brief Scores: PNG 129/9 in 20 overs (Asad Vala 56; Maqsood 4-20) lost to Oman 131/0 in 13.4 overs (Jatinder Singh 73*, Aqib Ilyas 50*) by 10 wickets