Oman seal thrilling two-wicket win over Ireland with Amir Ali cameo
Oman 157-8 (Maqsood 38) beat
Ireland 154-5 (Wilson 38) by two wickets
Fourth Match, Group A ICC World Twenty20, Dharamsala
Amir Ali played a blistering 17-ball knock of 32 runs and shared a crucial 47-run stand with Jatinder Singh as Oman managed to sneak a thrilling two-wicket win over Ireland in a chase of 155 runs in the fourth match of the first round in Group A of the ICC World Twenty20 in Dharamsala.
Ireland won the toss and opted to bat first. Ajay Lalcheta (0-24) began with a maiden over but William Porterfield (29) and Paul Stirling (29) managed to post a 48-run opening stand to provide a positive start for Ireland.
Stirling struck six boundaries in the first five overs while Porterfield hit a boundary and a six in the sixth over to push the total to 46 for naught in the powerplay.
In the seventh over, Stirling hit Aamir Kaleem (1-27) to covers where Zeeshan Maqsood clung on to a blinder.
With a couple of boundaries, Gary Wilson (38) pushed the total to 73 for one at the halfway mark.
The 36-run stand between Wilson and Porterfield was broken when the Ireland captain was stumped off the bowling of Khawar Ali (1-20) in the 12th over.
After playing a useful cameo, Niall O’Brien (16) departed after picking out square leg to perfection against the bowling of Munis Ansari (3-37). Wilson was also castled in the same over.
Crucial knocks from Kevin O’Brien (14), Andrew Poynter (11 not out) and Andy McBrine (10 not out) pushed Ireland’s total to 154 for five in 20 overs. Ansari was the best bowler for Oman with three wickets.
Maqsood (38) and Khawar (34) gave Oman the perfect start as they brought the 50-run opening stand in the powerplay phase. With a couple more sixes and a boundary from Khawar, Oman brought down the required run-rate under seven.
However, Kevin (2-25) brought Ireland back in the game dismissing both the openers off successive overs. Oman reached 79 for two after 11 overs.
Oman chase was put off completely in the next three overs as they lost three wickets with McBrine (2-15) picking two of them.
With 65 needed off the final six overs, Amir (32) and Singh (24) joined together for a vital 47-run stand to bring the chase on track.
Amir was the aggressive among the two as it was evident from the hatrick of boundaries he scored of Tim Murtagh (0-36) in the 17th over. The duo brought down the target to 18 runs in the final two overs.
Boyd Rankin (1-23) bowled a splendid penultimate over, conceding just four runs as Ireland struck with two wickets with one being a run-out leaving Max Sorensen (2-29) to defend 14 runs in the final over.
Even though he picked the wicket of Amir, Sorensen bowled couple of no-balls which resulted in boundaries allowing Oman to secure 16 runs in the first four deliveries to complete a two-wicket win.
Amir was awarded the man of the match for his cameo which turned the game.
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