Aqib Ilyas’s outstanding all-spherical effort guided Oman to a powerful 4-wicket win over Papua New Guinea in the very last in the shape of the outlet round of the ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 on Wednesday, 21 August.
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Ilyas returned 1/6 from his 3 overs and later, top-scored for his aspect with a match-prevailing 76-ball sixty-three which featured six fours. Jay Odedra turned into Oman’s celebrity bowler, completing with 4/34. With the victory – their third out of 4 games – Oman finished with six factors on the standings desk handiest behind Scotland, who finished with a better internet run-charge. Sent in to bat, PNG got off to a steady beginning with their openers Tony Ura and Gaudi Toka, including forty-eight runs within the first 8 overs. Paceman Bilal Khan broke their partnership as he had Toka clean bowled for 23. Four overs later, Toka’s associate Ura additionally fell, becoming Bilal’s 2d sufferer.
Ura, who become dismissed for 34, and Hiri Hiri, the No.9, had been the simplest two batters to attain inside the thirties. Hiri remained unbeaten on 31 while skipper Assad Vala (20), Kiplin Dorigo (24), and Chad Soper (29), once you have excellent starts, all fell prey to Odedra’s spin bowling. Throughout their innings, PNG misplaced wickets regularly, which hampered the go with the flow of runs. They may want best to submit 206/nine from their 50 overs.
In response, Oman misplaced an early wicket with their opener, Jatinder Singh, falling cost-effectively for simply 6. Khawar Ali and Ilyas then solid an in the shape-defining stand of ninety-eight before Charles Amini snared the important scalp of Ilyas. Three overs later, skipper Zeeshan Maqsood fell to Hiri for simply four and after more balls, Khawar become brushed off for 32. In the quit, Mohammad Nadeem (29*) and Suraj Kumar (35*) shared an essential unbeaten 71-run, taking Oman throughout the line in the forty-eighth over with 14 balls last.