Aamir Kaleem's 5-er Against Nepal Helps Unbeaten Oman Pocket Pentangular Series
While Bilal Khan dismissed both openers, it was an Aamir Kaleem show from there on as he ran through the Nepal middle order.
Nepal 64-10 (11 Overs; Aarif Sheikh20(13), Dipendra Singh11(6); Aamir Kaleem5/15, Bilal Khan2/14)
Oman 65-4 (11.5 Overs; Suraj Kumar(wk)42(30), Khawar Ali9(18); Karan KC2/27, Sompal Kami1/7)
Result - Oman won by 6 wickets
Nepal did not get off to a great start with opener Ishan Pandey getting dismissed on the last ball of the first over. But, it seemed nothing like a disaster for them till skipper Paras Khadka, who has been their best batsman over the last couple of years, was dismissed in the third over.
Wickets then kept coming for Oman at regular intervals with Aarif Sheikh and Dipendra Singh being the only Nepalese batsmen to reach double figures.
While Bilal Khan dismissed both openers, it was an Aamir Kaleem show from there on. Kaleem picked up a 5-wicket haul while conceding just 15 runs off his 4 overs and ran through the Nepal middle order.
The chase was never going to be a tough one for Oman. However, with them being reduced to 26-3 in the 7th over, Nepal would have got some hope. The nerves, if any, were calmed with a 30-ball 42-run knock from wicketkeeper Suraj Kumar which killed the chase, given that the target was so small.
Oman registered a 6-wicket win in the 12th over and wrapped up the pentangular series with an unbeaten record.
Oman- Khawar Ali, Aqib Ilyas, Aamir Kaleem, Suraj Kumar, Mohammad Nadeem, Sandeep Goud, Naseem Khushi, Bilal Khan, Fayyaz Butt, Mehran Khan, Zeeshan Maqsood
Nepal- Ishan Pandey, Paras Khadka, Aarif Sheikh, Dipendra Singh Airee, Binod Bhandari, Sundeep Jora, Sompal Kami, Karan KC, Sandeep Lamichhane, Sushan Bhari, Abinash Bohara
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