The two players who missed Oman’s last two International assignments at home, are making headwinds in Windhoek as Zeeshan Maqsood and Aqib Ilyas led the batting charts for the team in their 2nd group stage match against Canada and posted a commanding total on board, which their bowlers defended with ease to go 2-0 up in their WCL Division 2 campaign to stay on top of the points table.
While Ilyas was unable to make a well deserved century and fell 14 short of the mark, Zeeshan went onto complete his before getting out at 109. Canada bowlers managed to pick up few more wickets but not before Oman finished on a strong 285/7 in their allotted 50 overs.
Canada tried their best to stay in the chase but regular wicket falls dented their acceleration every time they tried to up the ante. Nitish Kumar managed to score a half-century but none of the other batsmen were able to convert their starts into a bigger knock as Oman bowlers kept the pressure on for most of their innings. Canada eventually got bowled out for 186 in their 44th over to lose the match by 99 runs, the biggest margin defeat in the tournament by any team so far.
Fayyaz Butt was the pick of the bowlers with 3 scalps, while Bilal Khan, Sandeep Goud and Mohammad Nadeem picked up a brace apiece for Oman. All team’s now get a rest day on 22nd Apr 2019, before the crucial 3rd & 4th round of group stage matches resumes on 23rd & 24th. The final and 3rd/4th play-off matches on the final day of Division 2 will carry official ODI status as the top 4 team’s will have been identified by then, who will advance to ICC CWC League 2.
Oman 285/7 in 50 overs (Zeeshan Maqsood 109, Aqib Ilyas 86, Jatinder Singh 26, Khurram Nawaz 25, Romesh Don 3/57, Nitish Kumar 2/45) beat Canada 186 all out in 43.2 overs (Nitish Kumar 57, Bhavindu Adhihetty 28, Navneet Dhaliwal 24, Fayyaz Butt 3/29, Mohammad Nadeem 2/13, Sandeep Goud 2/23, Bilal Khan 2/40) by 99 runs