World Cup League: Oman beat PNG in last-over thriller
Team Oman

Oman beat Papua New Guinea by four wickets in a last-over thriller to start their World Cup League 2 campaign with a win at Aberdeen. Chasing 230 for victory, Oman were in trouble with six down for 144 before an unbeaten 90-run partnership between Sandeep Goud and Fayyaz Butt took them over the finishing line. Goud remained unbeaten on 67 off 72 with two fours and three sixes and Butt was not out 32 off 32.

Oman vs PNG, Scorecard

PNG began confidently after being put in by Oman with openers Tony Ura and Gaudi Toka adding 77 for the opening wicket. Ura scored a half-century but wickets kept falling at the other end with no real partnership blossoming for Oman. Skipper Assad Valla got a start but could not push on, and barring Lega Siaka’s 41 and an unbeaten 29 off 43 from Chad Soper down the order ensured PNG did not get bowled out.

Zeesham Maqsood finished as the most successful bowler returning 3/35 from 10 overs, supported well by Khawar Ali’s 2/41. Oman, in their chase were dented early losing opener Ali cheaply. But a couple of useful partnerships between Jatinder Singh and Aqib Ilyas and later between Ilyas and skipper Mahmud kept Oman in with a chance. However, once these two stands were broken in quick time with Vala and Super striking in quick succession, Oman were struggling.

Suraj Kumar’s 24 off 33 provided some impetus to the innings, but his dismissal led to the spirited comeback staged by Goud and Butt, who batted out almost 13 overs to deny PNG success. Butt played second fiddle to Goud, who reached a half-century and never looked back. With five balls to spare, Goud struck Soper over mid-off and gave Oman their first points on the leaderboard.