Live Updates

  • 6:49 PM IST

    Live: Netherlands 148/5, TARGET: 147, 20 Overs, BATTING: Roelof van der Merwe 35, Max O’Dowd 9: Netherlands win their first match of what can be saida thriller game. Requiring 16 to win off 11 deliveries was brought down to 5 off 6 in the last over. van der Merwe went for 2 runs and then for a boundary to ease Netherlands to 5 wicket victory. Oman did have their share of laugh, however, Netherlands collective efforts provided them their first victory.

  • 6:20 PM IST

    Live: Netherlands 101/3, TARGET: 147, 15 Overs, BATTING: Wesley Barresi 48, Roelof van der Merwe 4: Barresi is slowly and steadily approaching his fifty while Rippon also is getting to his fifty. Netherlands needs just 50 more runs to win their first game against Oman. Just when they were building a strong lead, Kaleemullah bagged his first wicket of opening batsman Michael Rippon for 40. He misses his fifty as well. Roelof van der Merwe enters now. 100 up for Netherlands. Need 46 to win.

  • 6:07 PM IST

    Live: Netherlands 81/2, TARGET: 147, 12 Overs, BATTING: Michael Rippon 32, Wesley Barresi 41: With some boundaries here and there, Netherlands are slowly approaching their victory with 8 wickets intact. Barresi is also getting to his fifty off 39 deliveries. He has already got a six and 4 fours. While Rippon has complimented Barresi perfectly.

  • 5:52 PM IST

    Live: Netherlands 50/2, TARGET: 147, 7 Overs, BATTING: Michael Rippon 13, Wesley Barresi 30: Barresi and Rippon have found harmony smashing as many as three boundaries post the early wickets. Netherlands still have hopes high as they need just 97 runs to win with 8 wickets intact. And that is 50 up for Netherlands.

  • 5:24 PM IST

    Live: Netherlands 7/2, TARGET: 147, 1 Over, BATTING: Michael Rippon 0, Wesley Barresi 1: In response to Oman’s target of 147, Netherlands were stuttering as Oman’s Bilal Khan was in hat-trick bagging two early wickets of Ben Cooper and Stephan Myburgh 4 and golden duck. Myburgh began with a boundary but failed to capatalise on the boundary. Wesley Barresi enters the crease at No. 3 and Michael Rippon opened the innings along with Myburgh. Netherlands off to poor start.

  • 5:18 PM IST

    *** Netherlands innings ***

  • 5:00 PM IST
    Live: Oman 146/6, 20 Over, BATTING: Khurram Nawaz 26, Bilal Khan 0: Another two overs to go for Oman and they have managed to cross the 120-run mark. 150 will be the perfect score against Netherlands if Oman want to win another shocker of a game. Nawaz and Khushi have built steady partnership along with too many extras from Netherlands. Just as expected Naseem Khushi and Khurram Nawaz are punishing Netherlands with sixes galore to take their side to 150 runs. One more delivery and Oman have set 147 to win, losing the wicket of Khushi in the final delivery by Ahsan Malik.
  • 4:36 PM IST

    Live: Oman 94/6, 15 Over, BATTING: Khurram Nawaz 2, Nasee Khushi 4: Just when Oman were finding the way out after, just when Lalcheta smashed for the first SIX of the game, Netherlands grabbed another wicket. This time van de Gugten and the second wicket of Khawar Ali after he got a boundary by Rippon. Oman are back to square one to begin new partnership. Just when you are updating, another wicket down. van der Gugten gets his second wicket and Sultan Ahmed goes off the crease. Can Oman get to 120 runs?

  • 4:24 PM IST

    The stands look empty :/

  • 4:24 PM IST

  • 4:23 PM IST

    This is how the teams were practising before the game began

  • 4:23 PM IST

  • 4:21 PM IST

    Live: Oman 70/3, 12 Over, BATTING: Khawar Ali 10, Ajay Lalcheta 4: And another wicket falls for Oman with Maqsood finding his way back with a misunderstanding between Ali and Maqsood. Lalcheta has entered who can turn around the game for Oman. Michael Rippon bowled and run our the opening batsman. Oman will have to build the runs set by Maqsood initially. Another 8 overs to go for Oman.

  • 4:04 PM IST

    Live: Oman 45/2, 7 Over, BATTING: Zeeshan Maqsood 29, Khawar Ali 0: Oman started off in big way and ended up giving way their wickets with the first one picked by birthday boy Paul van Meekeren. Arun was the first target for Netherlands. Aqib Ilyas was the second batsman to be caught by Netherlands and he was gone too soon after smashing a four to Timm van der Gugten. The second wicket was an easy one. Maqsood continues to create havoc as he scored back-to-back boundaries to Ahsan Malik. Khawar Ali has just entered and is yet to open the account.

  • 3:36 PM IST

    Live: Oman 9/0, 1 Over, BATTING: Zeeshan Maqsood 6, Arun Poulose 1: Max O’Dowd begins the attack for Netherlands. Meanwhile, Oman are off the mark right away with Maqsood smashing boundary towards mid-off. O’Dows has goiven extra brownie points as well with two wides. Oman begins with 9 runs.

  • 3:11 PM IST

    Toss Update: Oman win toss and elect to bat

  • 3:11 PM IST

    Hello and welcome to my blog 😀 I will bring you some updates from the Match 3 of the Desert T20 match. Some might not know the brilliance of these teams while some don’t care. Still you have no option but to follow the updates 😛

NED OMN Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates for the Desert T20 Challenge. This is the third match of the tournament between Oman and Netherlands. It will be played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. The Desert T20 Challenge is played between eight teams, which are divided in two groups: A and B. All the teams will play one match each against one another (of their respective groups) to claim a spot in the semi-final. The participating teams are Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Ireland, Namibia, Netherlands, Oman, Scotland and UAE. Both teams have not tasted success in their previous series.

Netherlands have shown immense resilience in T20 cricket in 2016. They began their success in ICC T20 World Cup where they won their debut match in a thriller game. They also defeated Ireland at Dharamsala.  They also clashed against Afghanistan for four-day match in July losing inside two days. Oman, on the other hand, had beaten Hong Kong in Asia Cup before famously upsetting Ireland in the same tournament.

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Though they are officially ranked below The Dutch in this half of the draw, Oman, after having some excellent T20I outings, did well in World Cricket League Division Five in May and Division Four in November as well. Given Oman’s ability to shock oppositions, Netherlands will have to be wary when they take field. Netherlands have experienced players on the side who can take the game’s success at the top.

Wesley Barresi, Stephan Myburgh, Timm van der Gugten, Pieter Seelaar, and Paul van Meekeren, while former South African cricketer and IPL star Roelof van der Merwe will also play a major role. For Oman their trump card will be Ajay Lalcheta.


Oman: Sultan Ahmed (c), Aqib Ilyas, Bilal Khan, Kaleemullah, Khawar Ali, Khurram Nawaz, Ajay Lalcheta, Mehran Khan, Mohammad Nadeem, Naseem Khushi, Arun Poulose, Rajeshkumar Ranpura, Sufyan Mehmood, Zeeshan Maqsood

Netherlands: Peter Borren (c), Ahsan Malik, Wesley Barresi, Ben Cooper, Vivian Kingma, Stephan Myburgh, Max O’Dowd, Michael Rippon, Pieter Seelaar, Sikander Zulfiqar, Timm van der Gugten, Roelof van der Merwe, Paul van Meekeren, Tobias Visee