Ireland beat Oman by 15 runs in Oman Quadrangular T20I Series

Paul Stirling 71 for Ireland
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George Dockrell 2-20 for Ireland today against Oman
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Oman won the toss and decided to bowl against Ireland at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground Oman today, in the 2nd T20I match of the Oman Quadrangular Series 2019.

 

Match Summary

Ireland 159-5 (Paul Stirling 71, Andrew Balbirnie 34, Lorcan Tucker 22*; Fayyaz Butt 2-19)

Oman 144-9 (Mohammad Nadeem 25, Fayyaz Butt 25*; Peter Chase 2-42, Joshua Little 2-24, Simi Singh 3-15, George Dockrell 2-20)

Result - Ireland won by 15 runs

Batting first, Ireland scored a creditable 159-5 in their 20 overs, Paul Stirling 71, Andrew Balbirnie 34, and Lorcan Tucker 22* were the main run getters for Ireland with Fayyaz Butt 2-19, the outstanding bowler for Oman.

In reply, Oman struggled against some tight bowling from the Ireland bowlers -  Shane Getkate , Peter Chase, Joshua Little , Simi Singh and George Dockrell , in particular bowled well – leaving Oman 15 runs short in the run chase.

From Cricket Ireland in Oman

MUSCAT – Captain Paul Stirling led from the front as Ireland claimed a 15-run win over Oman in their first match of the T20I Quadrangular Tournament at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground in Oman.

Ahead of the toss, Ireland’s captain Paul Stirling presented Ireland’s 700th international cap to 27-year old debutant Shane Getkate.

Oman’s captain Ajay Lalcheta then won the toss and sent Ireland in to bat first.

Stirling and new T20 opening partner Kevin O’Brien continued their promising start as a top of the order pairing, putting on 44 from the first five overs. After losing O’Brien for 19 from 14 balls (two fours, one six), Stirling was joined in a 78-run stand with Andy Balbirnie, who hit 34 from 24 balls (four fours, one six). The partnership was Ireland’s third-highest second wicket stand in T20Is and set Ireland up for a seemingly big finale to their innings.

However, the brakes were applied to the visitors run rate as Balbirnie was dismissed with the score on 122, and Stirling dismissed three runs later. The Irish captain’s innings was his second score in the seventies in consecutive innings, falling for 71 from 51 balls (11 fours, one six).

The last five overs yielded just 34 runs, with Lorcan Tucker compiling a tidy 22* from 18 balls (three fours) and debutant Getkate chiming in with 10 runs from 8 balls. Ireland’s total of 159-5 was competitive, although the visitors were probably 15-20 runs short of what they were on target for at the halfway mark of the innings.

The Omani response got to a fast-paced start – despite losing two early wickets, the home side were well settled at 50-2 at the end of the power play. With the scoreboard ticking over regularly, Ireland were looking for inspiration – and received it in the form of spinner Simi Singh. Bowling the 10th over of the Oman innings with Oman at 73-3, Singh claimed three wickets in the space of five balls, rocking the home side, which slumped to 76-6.

Late wickets to George Dockrell, Josh Little (who claimed a dangerous looking Mohammad Nazeem for 25 with a deceiving slower ball) and Peter Chase, put the game beyond doubt and Oman finished on 144-9, giving Ireland victory by 15 runs.

 

Oman - Khawar Ali, Jatinder Singh, Aamir Kaleem, Khurram Nawaz, Mohammad Nadeem, Naseem Khushi (wk), Ajay Lalcheta (c), Mehran Khan, Bilal Khan, Fayyaz Butt, Jay Odedra

Ireland - Paul Stirling (c), Kevin O Brien, Andrew Balbirnie, Lorcan Tucker, Simi Singh, Stuart Poynter (wk), Shane Getkate, George Dockrell, Joshua Little, Peter Chase, Boyd Rankin

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