Allrounder grabs 3 for 9 to restrict Oman to 133 for 8 before chipping in with a 31-ball 41 in one-off T20I
United Arab Emirates comprehensively beat Oman by seven wickets in its one-off Twenty20 International at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Sunday (November 22). Rohan Mustafa was the star for UAE with an all-round display, first helping restrict Oman to 133 for 8 with figures of 3 for 9, before hammering a 31-ball 41 in a 50-run stand with Shaiman Anwar, who scored a fine 54.
Put in, Oman started off well enough, but a middle-order collapse hurt it badly. Zeeshan Maqsood was on the attack, and he added a quick 25 with Aaqib Sulehri for the opening wicket. The stand was broken within four overs when Mustafa had Sulehri (16) stumped, and Oman was 25 for 1. Maqsood was then joined by Khawar Ali for the third wicket, and the two were a lot more circumspect. They added 39 in nearly seven overs, Maqsood taking up the run-scoring duties while Khawar sealed up his end.
The stand was eventually broken when Khawar (14) was trapped in front by Ahmed Raza, but Maqsood found further support in Adnan Ilyas. The run-rate increased rapidly as the two added 33 runs in just 25 balls, and at the time, Oman looked well set to launch an assault in the death overs and post a decent total. However, the dismissal of Maqsood in the 15th over derailed it. He holed out off Manjula Guruge, having scored 44 in just 34 balls, and Oman was reduced to 97 for 3.
Soon, wickets came in a jiffy. Ilyas followed Maqsood to the pavilion after a 20-ball 22, and all of Zeeshan Siddiqui (5), Mehran Khan (7), Sultan Ahmed (0), and Ajay Lalcheta (1) were nipped out in quick succession. Only Amir Ali showed defiance, hitting an unbeaten 10-ball 13 that helped Oman to a fighting total.
However, it proved insufficient against the UAE batsmen, who were in hitting mode. Amjad Gul and Mustafa wasted no time settling in, taking on the Oman bowlers to hammer 34 runs in a little over five overs. Lalcheta broke the stand when he had Gul bowled for a 21-ball 24, but in came Anwar, and Oman had little cheer thereafter.
Mustafa and Anwar added 50 for the second wicket in just 45 balls, a two-pronged attack that inched UAE closer to its target. Maqsood contributed with the ball to have Mustafa dismissed and break the stand, but Anwar carried on, shifting gears to add 47 with Mohammad Shahzad in just 31 balls for the third wicket.
Anwar was dismissed for a 43-ball 54 with just four runs needed for victory, but it was too little too late for Oman as the chase was completed soon after, with Shahzad ending unbeaten on a 13-ball 11.
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