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T20 World Cup

Oman come from behind against Hong Kong to claim T20 World Cup spot

T20WCQ, 4th play-off, OMA v HK, report

Oman booked their place in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2020 after coming back from a dreadful start against Hong Kong to win by 12 runs.

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Oman struggled at first to bounce back from a demoralising defeat to Namibia on Tuesday, and Hong Kong's fielding was on point as two direct hit run outs – one each from Nizakat Khan and Kinchit Shah – contributed to a collapse which left Oman 22/3 in the fifth over, and 42/6 by the end of the ninth.

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T20WCQ: HK v OMA – Winning moment
Oman defeat Hong Kong by 12 runs.

But opener Jatinder Singh (67* from 50) combined with Aamir Kaleem (17) for 42 runs and then Mohammad Naseem (26* from 9) for 50 runs. The latter of those partnerships came from only 19 balls, and dragged Oman up to a competitive, but far from intimidating, 134/7.

As bad as Oman's start was, Hong Kong's was worse. Bilal Khan (4/23) and Fayyaz Butt (2/17) claimed five wickets between them in the first four overs, leaving the chase in tatters before it began at 18/5. Keeper Scott McKechnie then put on 52 runs with Haroon Arshad (20), before a brace of wickets left Hong Kong needing a manageable 53 runs in 6.3 overs, though with only three wickets in hand.

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T20WCQ: HK v OMA – Oman book ticket to Australia

When McKechnie was dismissed for 44 however, it became apparent that it would be Oman who would be booking a spot in Australia for the T20 World Cup. Hong Kong eventually finished on 122/9.

Oman will now face off against Scotland in the 5th/6th place play-off match on Thursday.

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