Aqib Ilyas top scored for Oman with a gritty 46 © Getty Images
Aqib Ilyas top scored for Oman with a gritty 46 © Getty Images

In match No. 5 of ICC World Cricket League Division II, Oman defeated Nepal by 6 wickets in pursuit of 139. Electing to field, Oman bowlers did the job restricting Nepal for below 150. This is Nepal’s consecutive failure with the willow. Yesterday, they somehow managed to go past Namibia in the chase of 139 runs, winning the encounter by a wicket. By virtue of this victory, Oman have opened their account in the tournament alongside Canada, UAE and Nepal.

Electing to bowl, Oman bowlers were right on the money. They restricted Nepal for 38 for 2 in 15 overs. Nepal weren’t allowed to break the shackles at any point and lost wickets from thereon. Skipper Paras Khadka’s 42-ball 17 didn’t do any good as well. In addition, only Dilip Nath and Basant Regmi got starts but failed to lift the innings. Kaleemullah (4 for 28) and Bilal Khan’s two scalps restricted Nepal inside 46 overs.

In reply, Oman lost opener Swapnil Khadye early. Jatinder Singh and Aqib Ilyas struggled to get going, but put a lid on the fall of wickets. Ilyas fell for 46. Sandeep Lamichhane and Regmi chipped in with few breakthroughs, but the low target proved beneficial for Oman. Vaibhav Watgaonkar’s 37 (not out) finished things off with 89 balls to spare.

Brief scores

Nepal 138 all-out in 46 overs (Dilip Nath 19, Sharad Vesawkar 22; Kallemullah 4 for 28, Bilal Khan 2 for 13) lost to Oman 139 for 4 in 35.1 overs (Jatinder Singh 24, Aqib Ilyas 46, Vaibhav Watgaonkar 37*; Sandeep Lamichhane 2 for 29) by 6 wickets.