Oman lost to Nepal by 39 runs in the first match of the T20 World Cup Global Qualifier.
Batting poorly in the match played at Al Amaret Cricket Stadium in Oman, Nepal gave a modest target of 118 runs.
But Oman, which was pursuing a common goal, could not put pressure on Nepal and suffered a crushing defeat.
Naseem Khushi scored the most runs for Oman. Facing 18 balls, he scored 24 runs with the help of two sixes and a four.
Apart from Khusi, Oman got the most runs through extras. Oman scored 12 extra runs with three wides, one no-ball and eight leg byes.
Nepal’s all five bowlers took wickets to destroy Oman’s innings.
Kamal Singh Airee took the most wickets for Nepal. Airee took three wickets while captain Sandeep Lamichhane and Dipendra Singh Airee took two wickets each.
Fast bowlers Avinash Bohara and Jitendra Mukhiya took one wicket each.
After losing Kashyap Prajapati by zero runs in the third ball of the first over, Oman got Ayaan Khan in the pavilion for the second wicket.
Khan was caught out in the fifth ball of the second over.
Kamal Singh Airee took the first wicket for Nepal. He made Prajapati leave crease through catch out.
Nepal had the second success as a catch out.
Fast bowler Jitendra Mukhiya caught Aayan Khan through Ashif Sheikh.
Oman’s attacking batter Jatinder Singh returned to the pavilion as Oman’s third wicket. He was run out by Dipendra Singh Airee in the sixth over.
Singh returned to the pavilion with nine runs off 18 balls.
Wicketkeeper Ashif Sheikh missed Nashim Khushi’s wicket in the 11th over.
While trying to play a big shot in the bowling of Abinash Bohara, Khushi’s ball flew in the air for a long time.
Despite being under the same ball, wicketkeeper Sheikh missed the catch.
Khushi hit a four in the first ball after receiving a lifeline and scored an individual 6 runs.
After that, Nepal’s Captain Sandeep Lamichhane gave the direction of the pavilion to Khushi, who was playing in a very aggressive mood.
Khushi scored 24 runs with the help of two sixes and a four before being bowled out in the fifth ball of the 13th over.
Dipendra Singh Airee took the eighth wicket for Nepal. In the 14th over of the game, he trapped Aamir Kaleem in the LBW.
Kamal Singh Airee forced Kaleemullah to leave the crease in the 17th over of the game letting Oman’s innings almost destroyed.
Nepal’s victory was assured after Airee bowled Bilal Khan in the last ball of the same over.
Though weak in batting but agile in bowling and fielding, Nepal took full control of the second innings against Oman and ensured victory.
Aarif Sheikh scored the most runs for Nepal. Facing 37 balls, he scored 38 runs with the help of two fours.
Apart from Aarif, captain Sandeep Lamichhane and Lokesh Bam scored 16 runs each, Gyanendra Malle scored 15 runs and Dipendra Singh Airee scored 11 runs.
Khawar Ali took the most three wickets for Oman to wrap up Nepal’s innings cheaply.
Apart from that, Bilal Khan took two wickets and Fayyaz Butt and Zeeshan Maqsood took one wicket each.
Now Nepal will play the second game of the T20 World Cup Global Qualifier on Saturday against the Philippines.