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12 July 201520:13

Electric Zeeshan leads Oman charge

Opener’s unbeaten 86 leads team to eight-wicket win over Canada in truncated tie

Electric Zeeshan leads Oman charge - Cricket News

Maqsood's blitz took Oman over the line with 10 balls to spare.

Zeeshan Maqsood, the opener, blasted an unbeaten 86 off just 41 balls as Oman chased down a stiff revised target of 135 with ease in a truncated ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2015 match in New Williamfield on Sunday (July 12).

Asked to bat, Canada put up an intimidating 133 for 3 in a match reduced to 13 overs-a-side after rain delayed the start of proceedings, thanks to a half-century from Nitish Kumar (52).

Maqsood's blitz took Oman over the line with 10 balls to spare, as it reached 135 for 3 in 11.2 overs and completed an eight-wicket victory on the D-L Method.

By the time Canada could manage a breakthrough, in the fifth over of the innings, when Khanwar Ali was caught off Jeremy Gordon for 16, Oman had already raced away to 65 in 4.2 overs.

Nitish struck in the very next over when he had Jatinder singh caught for eight. But in the eight deliveries between the two dismissals, Oman had already collected another 16 runs.

It was then the turn of Mehran Khan to play second fiddle to Maqsood. Mehran contributed nine in a third-wicket partnership of 35 off just 15 balls. When Mehran fell to Cecil Pervez, the right-arm medium pacer, Oman needed just 19 more runs for victory.

Vaibhav Wategaonkar (6 not out) and Maqsood knocked off the requisite runs easily.

Earlier, Ruvindu Gunasekara and Rizwan Chemma got Canada off to a brisk start, putting on 30 in three overs. Mohammad Nadeem, the right-arm medium pacer, broke through when he had Cheema caught for 16..

Nitish then joined Gunasekara in a stand worth 29 when Aamir Kaleem, the left-arm spinner, had Gunasekara caught behind.

Navneet Dhaliwal joined Nitish and the duo changed the course of the innings by putting on 69 for the third wicket in just 36 balls. Nitish fell with three balls left in the innings when he was caught behind off Rajeshkumar Ranpura's right-arm fast-medium bowling.

Nitish struck four boundaries and three sixes. Dhaliwal ended with 28 not out off 20 balls that included two boundaries.