The Netherland s collective efforts guided them to their first victory in Desert T20 2017 in a dramatic match against UAE, at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. Oman opting to bat first saw Naseem Khushi and Khurram Nawaz adding quick fire 50-run stand, taking Oman to a competitive total of 146 against the Netherlands. Oman s opening pair Arun Poulose and Zeeshan Maqsood provided the platform adding 20 runs that consisted of 3 boundaries. Birthday boy, who turned 24 on Sunday, Paul van Meekeren bagged his first as well as the team s first wicket of Poulose, slowing down the run flow. After loss of the second wicket of Aqib Ilyas, Maqsood and Khawar Ali brought stability adding 24 runs for the third wicket.

Ajay Lalcheta, Oman s biggest trump card failed to compliment Maqsood, being dismissed for 17. Chinaman bowler and opening batsman Michael Rippon was active on field with a run-out as well as a wicket to keep Oman on toes. Rippon finished the day with figures of 1 for 15 at the end of his spells. When Oman was 94 for 6, it was Nawaz and Khurram who changed the fortunes. They crushed Netherland s hope to restrict Oman cheaply and smashed as many as 2 fours and 2 sixes in death overs. Chasing the target of 147, the Netherlands opening batsman Stephan Myburgh began with a boundary, but Bilal Khan pounced on the opportunity and was on hat-trick claiming Myburgh as well Ben Cooper, missing the opportunity on the fourth delivery.

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After a poor start, opener Rippon and Wesley Barresi took the Netherlands from 4 for 2 to 93 for 2 with Barresi missing his fifty by two runs. Rippon and Barresi added 93 runs for third wicket that consisted of 8 fours and a six. Mohammad Nadeem was also lucky to get 2 wickets of the captain Peter Borren as well as of Barresi. However, the platform set by Rippon and Barresi was handled well by Roelof van der Merwe, who finished the task for the Netherlands. He added 35 runs of the final few overs.

Netherlands required 18 off 12 deliveries when Max O Dowd smashed a six with just 5 needed off the final over. Van der Merwe played the winning shot with a boundary squirting towards the point, enabling Netherlands their first victory.