Oman create history and qualifies for World T20 with empathic win

Pavan Suresh / 23 July 2015

Fifth league division side Oman created history in World cricket by defeating Namibia in the ICC World qualifiers T-20 at Mahalide few minutes ago. It was an exceptional performance from the least expected team.

Chasing a score of 149 runs to win, the Oman openers Khawar Ali and Zeeshan Masqood began off to good start scoring 41 runs in 5.1 overs. They lost the wicket of Khawar Ali on 18.

Zeeshan Masqood was the second batsman dismissed, out on 28 and they lost another wicket at the score of 67. Jatinder and Zeeshan Siddiqui put an excellent 62-run fourth wicket partnership to put Oman on course for a famous win.

Jatinder and Mehran Khan were dismissed in the space of 1 run but Zeeshan Siddiqui scored the winning runs and also scored a fifty. Oman won the match by 5 wickets with 6 balls to spare.

Oman won the toss and chose to field. The openers did not start well as Namibia lost their first wicket at the score of 8 and batsman dismissed was Synman. Then Van Schoor and Baard put up a 62-run second wicket partnership to increase the chances of a huge score.

At the end of 16.5 overs, Namibia were 126 for 4 but lost 6 wickets for 24 runs and were restricted to modest total of 148. The pick of the bowlers was Ansari picking 3 wickets and never allowed Namibia to score big.

It is great news for cricketing fans to see a team like Oman qualify for a big tournament for the first time. The teams qualifying for World T-20 in India are Scotland, Ireland, Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Holland and Oman.

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