14 July 2015
All-round Oman eases to victory over the Netherlands
Munis Ansari's 4-15 and unbeaten 65 from Jatinder Singh gives Oman six-wicket win
Oman, with two wins in three games, is now placed third with four points in the group.
Opting to field, Oman’s pacers, led by Munis Ansari and Rajesh Kumar Ranpura, restricted the Netherlands to 135 in 19.4 overs. When Oman batted, an unbeaten 65 from Jatinder Singh helped it cruise past the target for the loss of just four wickets in 19 overs, giving it its second win.
With less than seven runs required per over in the chase, Oman went about its business in a composed fashion after losing opener Zeeshan Ahmed, the debutant, early.
Zeeshan Maqsood and Jatinder shared a 38-run stand for the second wicket to keep it on track. After Michael Rippon dismissed Maqsood for 29, the Netherlands came back into the game with two quick strikes when Vaibhav Wategaonkar and Aamir Kaleem were dismissed in successive overs, reducing Oman to 82 for 4. Jatinder, however, kept his calm and took Oman over the line with an unbroken stand of 56 with Sultan Ahmed.
Earlier in the day, the Netherlands couldn't consolidate after an opening stand of 51 between Stephan Myburgh and Wesley Barresi. Barresi fell for 21, and was followed back to the hut by Ben Cooper soon after. Myburgh scored a 43-ball 41, and Max O'Dowd added a quick 32, but once Ansari got into his rhythm, the innings unravelled. The Netherlands went from 134 for 5 to 135 all out, giving Oman a smaller target to chase than it might have expected.
Ansari finished with figures of 4 for 15, while Ranpura returned 3 for 30.
Oman, with two wins in three games, is now placed third with four points in the group, while the Netherlands slipped to fourth. Oman is up against Afghanistan next on Wednesday, while the Netherlands takes on Canada on Friday.