Oman closing in to ODI status

The third consecutive win for Oman in the ongoing ICC World Cricket League Division Two in Windhoek, Namibia, on Tuesday set them on the brink of achieving a historic ODI status.

Bilal Khan was adjudged Man of the Match
                                                    Bilal Khan was adjudged Man of the Match

Duleep Mendis’ men became the only side with three victories from successive three games in the competition when the Arab side earned a seven wicket triumph against Hong Kong and journeyed at top of the table.

Namibia and the United States are behind with four points while Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea (PNG) have two points each. Canada is yet to open its account.

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At Affies Park, on Tuesday, Oman bettered Hong Kong with a comfortable seven wickets win with four overs to spare.

Once again Omanis bowlers did the trick wrapping Hong Kong for 176 runs after sending them to bat first.

Bilal Khan finished with a four-fer conceding 30.

Oman crafted their chase well with first wicket partnership of 79 between Jatinder Singh and Khawar Ali that provided them the perfect platform.

Oman skipper Zeeshan Maqsood who was not out scoring 14 hit the winning run for his team. Jatinder Singh was out for 65. The Asian side secured the seven wicket triumph with 27 balls remaining.

After the match Oman skipper Zeeshan Maqsood said, “We are calm and happy, we need to continue to do the same thing. Looking forward to 2 more games, as we still haven’t completed what we want to. As a captain I still think I can improve, we came to play cricket and give our best, we look forward to next match and securing one of the top four spots.”

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