Good Evening and Trathona Maith! Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the Group A Round 1, Match 5 of the ICC World T20 2016 between Ireland and Oman at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium in Dharamsala on Wednesday. I am Ayush Gupta, and I would be bringing to you all the live updates from this action. Ireland, who are indeed one of the most unpredictable sides in world cricket, would aim to get off to a winning start against the Asian minnows. However Oman, who are not as minnows as they seem, too would look to tame the Irish, and progress to the main stage of the tournament. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Ireland vs Oman, ICC World T20 2016, Group A Round 1, Match 5 at Dharamsala

Man of the Match: Aamer Ali (Oman)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: OMA 157/8 in 20 Overs. BATTING: Ajay Lalcheta 6 (8), Munis Ansari 0 (1) OMAN WIN!!!! That’s it, Oman have pulled of a stunner and shocker, as they beat an experinced side of Ireland  by just a couple of wickets, with just a couple of balls to spare, as they won the first ever match in an ICC tournament.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: OMA 112/5 in 16 Overs. BATTING: Jatinder Singh 16 (19), Aamer Ali 12 (5) — GONE!!!! Three wickets down all of a sudden out of nowhere, as Ilyas, Mehran and Kaleem depasrt for cheap, four, two and duck respectively, while Jatinder Singh and Aamer Ali are the new men in.

OUT! Adnan Ilyas c Paul Stirling b Max Sorensen 4 (7), Mehran Khan c Paul Porterfield b Andy McBrine 2 (4), Aamir Kaleem lbw b Andy McBrine 0 (2)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: OMA 83/2 in 12 Overs. BATTING: Jatinder Singh 5 (8), Adnan Ilyas 3 (5) — GONE!!!! A couple of wickets fall in the form of the openers, who have been dismissed by fast-bowler Kevin O’Brien, as he makes both the batsmen played on. A couple of new batsmen in the form of Jatinder Singh and Adnan Ilyas are in.

OUT! Khawar Ali b Kevin O’Brien 34 (26), Zeeshan Maqsood b Kevin O’Brien 38 (33)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: OMA 59/0 in 8 Overs. BATTING:Zeeshan Maqsood 33 (25), Khawar Ali 24 (23) Another good four overs for Oman as they haven’t yet lost a wicket and continue to put pressure on the Irish bowlers, who are struggling to get an opening breakthrough.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: OMA 31/0 in 4 Overs. BATTING: Zeeshan Maqsood 26 (15), Khawar Ali 3 (8)Sensible start by Oman as of now as both the openers look to put up a strong start and not allow Ireland to settle down with breakthroughs.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: IRE 154/5 in 20 Overs. BATTING: Andrew Poynter 11 (10), Andy McBrine 10 (3) THAT’S IT!!!! Ireland finish on a challenging total of 154 for the loss of five, as Oman need to chase the total down in 20 Overs to earn their opening win. Can they do it? Read Ireland’s innings report here

OUT! Kevin O’Brien b Munis Ansari 14 (12)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: IRE 118/4 in 16 Overs. BATTING: Kevin O’Brien 1 (1), Andrew Poynter 0 (0) GONE!!!! Gary Wilson is the next man to fall as he is dismissed for a healthy 38, after being bowled by him, as Andrew oynter is the new man in. Prior to him, it was Niall O’ Brien, who too fell in the same over for mere 16, after being caught by Mehran Khan.

OUT! b Munis Ansari 38 (34)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: IRE 86/2 in 12 Overs. BATTING: Gary Wilson 22 (21), Niall O’Brien 1 (1) GONE!!!! It’s the skipper this trime, as William Porterfield is dismissed for a healthy 29 off Khawar Ali, as he is stumped by Sultan Ahmed, while Niall O’Brien makes his way in.

OUT! William Porterfield st Sultan Ahmed b Khawar Ali 29 (28)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: IRE 58/1 in 8 Overs. BATTING: William Porterfield 17 (20), Gary Wilson 7 (6) — GONE!!!! Paul Sterling is the opening victim as Aamir Kaleem gets rid of him, after being brilliantly caught by Zeeshan Maqsood at the covers. Gary Wilson is the new man in.

OUT! Paul Sterling c Zeeshan Maqsood b Aamir

Kaleem 29 (22)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: IRE 23/0 in 4 Overs. BATTING: William Porterfield 4 (11), Paul Stirling 19 (13)Steady start by the Irish as they have been able to bat compsed as of now, without disturbing their batting order, while the Oman bowlers eem to be struggling at the moment.

Teams:

Ireland: William Porterfield (c), Paul Stirling, Gary Wilson, Niall O’Brien (wk), Kevin O’Brien, Andrew Poynter, Max Sorensen, Andy McBrine, Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin, Craig Young.

Oman: Sultan Ahmed (wk, c), Aamir Kaleem, Adnan Ilyas, Zeeshan Maqsood, Amir Ali, Jatinder Singh, Bilal Khan, Ajay Lalcheta, Khawar Ali, Munis Ansari, Mehran Khan.

Toss: Ireland (Bat)

Ireland, who recently played bilateral T20I series against United Aram Emirates (UAE) and Papua New Guinea (PNG) have had a shaky series as they drew the series against UAE 1-1, while they won the series narrowly against PNG 2-1, and would look to come up with a stellar performance, as they aim to progress into the main round of the tournament. Oman, on the other hand, who have had a shaky past few tournaments as well would aim to come up with an improved performance in the grandest stage.

Squads:

Ireland: William Porterfield (c), Paul Stirling, Gary Wilson (wk), Niall O’Brien, Kevin O’Brien, Andrew Balbirnie, Stuart Poynter, Tim Murtagh, Andy McBrine, George Dockrell, Boyd Rankin, Stuart Thompson, Max Sorensen, Craig Young, Andrew Poynter.

Oman: Zeeshan Maqsood, Jatinder Singh, Aaqib Sulehri, Adnan Ilyas, Aamir Kaleem, Sultan Ahmed (wk, c), Mehran Khan, Amir Ali, Sufyan Mehmood, Munis Ansari, Bilal Khan, Zeeshan Siddiqui, Yousuf Mahmood, Arun Poulose, Khawar Ali, Ajay Lalcheta, Mohammad Nadeem.

LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Ireland vs Oman, ICC World T20 2016, Group A Round 1, Match 5 at Dharamsala