Whereas building work on the nationwide cricket floor continues apace forward of the arrival of the T20 World Cup, Oman’s crew are doing their finest to show they’re able to go already.
The Oman Cricket Academy oval in Al Amerat will host preliminary round matches for the global showpiece in October.
The host crew are one in every of 4 – together with Bangladesh, Scotland and Papua New Guinea – who can be vying to advance to the competitors correct within the UAE.
This may be a special format – a part of the qualification course of for the subsequent 50-over World Cup, however the crew are purring, judged by their complete five-wicket win over Nepal.
Jatinder Singh, for one, won’t have to fret overly about switching down to twenty overs.
The Muscat-raised opener blazed 107 in simply 62 balls – which is the quickest one-day worldwide ton for Oman – to rush the house aspect to a victory which extends their lead on the prime of World Cup League Two.
On this type, the expressive opener – who celebrates batting milestones in the identical “thigh-five” fashion as India’s Shikhar Dhawan – may change into one of many stars of the T20 World Cup.
“I believe the very best is but to come back,” Jatinder stated, when requested if he had ever performed higher than this gorgeous century.
“When you have got a small goal to chase, groups generally chill out a bit and assume: It’s only a small goal, we now have ample time to chase it.
“I needed to consider it the opposite manner spherical, and simply play positively. The second I used to be in, I used to be getting my photographs proper.”
The sport started promisingly sufficient for Nepal, a day after that they had began this tri-series with a win over the United States.
They have been at one level 100-2, however capitulated to 196 all out, with Bilal Khan taking 4 wickets.
Defending it was all the time going to be a tricky process. It was rendered pretty much as good as inconceivable when Sandeep Lamichhane was misplaced on medical grounds early in Oman’s innings.
The star leg-spinner was handled by the boundary rope by each the Nepal physio and a paramedic, for what gave the impression to be a abdomen ailment.
He was subsequently led away to an ambulance, solely to choose to remain and attempt to recuperate within the crew space as a substitute. By the point Oman sealed the win, his situation was a lot improved, even when he didn’t make it again onto the sphere.
It was the third successive win over Nepal within the match, which decides which teams advance to the global qualifier for the subsequent 50-over World Cup.
“It has taken us 18 months to get again to enjoying aggressive cricket,” Jatinder stated.
“We now have had a number of plans to go to Qatar to play, and we invited UAE to come back right here, too, and we’re actually grateful to the Mumbai Ranji Trophy crew for coming to play.
“We took lots of positives from that, which was good earlier than coming to play this significant match.”
Up to date: September 14th 2021, 6:00 PM