Oman secure 2-0 series lead over Hong Kong in Twenty20 international

Despite valiant efforts of Nizakat Khan, who topscored with 29 for Bauhinia team, their Mideast rivals snatched four-run victory on penultimate ball

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 25 November, 2015, 11:22pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 25 November, 2015, 11:27pm

Oman beat Hong Kong on the penultimate ball to record a thrilling four-run victory and go 2-0 up in the three Twenty20 international series in Abu Dhabi yesterday.

Having posted 131 for the loss of six wickets, Oman took three wickets in the final two overs to snatch victory and an unbeatable series lead with one ball to spare.

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Oman’s Bilal Khan claimed four wickets for 20 runs, including two wickets in the final over, to secure the win.

After being sent in to bat, Oman stumbled in the very first over, with opener Zeeshan Maqsood (0) caught by Babar Hayat. Khawar Ali went on to score a run-a-ball 27 before being caught by Waqas Barkat.

Adnan Ilyas (37) and Aamir Kaleem (42*) put on a fourth-wicket partnership of 47 to steady the innings.

For Hong Kong, 22-year-old Aizaz Khan claimed three wickets for 22 runs, while Haseeb Amjad and Tanwir Afzal took one wicket apiece.

Hong Kong looked solid in their chase, despite losing Anshuman Rath (0) in the first over.

Number five Nizakat Khan top scored with 29 runs from 26 deliveries, but Oman took regular wickets to ensure that Hong Kong were not able to consolidate their chase.

With two overs remaining, Hong Kong required 13 runs with three wickets in hand, Chris Carter was dismissed on 15 from 10 balls, breaking the vital 20-run partnership he had built with Nizakat. This brought number 10 Haseeb Amjad to the crease with eight balls remaining.

Needing only six runs from the final over for victory with two wickets in hand, Bilal clean bowled Nizakat with a yorker, bringing in the final batsman of the day, Nadeem Ahmed.

Needing five runs from the final four balls, he bowled two dot balls before hitting the stumps of Nadeem (0) on the penultimate delivery to secure victory for Oman.