Day 6: Maldives v Oman at Engineering Ground: GOES TO PLAN FOR OMAN

  • ACC Twenty20 Cup Oman vs Maldives at Engineering Ground: Maldives won the toss and elected to field first.
  • Oman XI: Hemal Mehta, Ajay Lalcheta, Awal Khan, Gazanfar Iqbal, Rajesh Kumar Ranpura, Sultan Ahmed, Syed Aamir Ali, Vaibhav Wategaonkar, Yousuf Rahim Mahmood and Zeeshan Ahmed Siddiqui.
  • Maldives XI: Kaleem Moosa, Faiz Ahmed Afzal, Hameed Ismail Shavaal, Hasan Ibrahim, Ibrahim Hushum, Jayakody Mohotte Appuhamilange Ishan, Jalled Shafraz, Mahafooz Mohamed, Nasir Ahmed Neesham, Rasheed Hassan Haziq and Shahid Abdulla.
  • WICKETS, Maldives takes early initiatives claiming two wickets in first two overs. G Iqbal goes in first over trying to go over the extra-cover, but comfortable catch to H Ibrahim. Another opener, Zeeshan Siddhique goes on a sloggish shot off Jayakody's first delivery, caught at mid-off by Ibrahim. Oman 4/2 in 2 overs.
  • This is very important match for Oman as a win will take them straight to the semifinals, thus the T20 World Cup Qualifiers.
  • FOUR, the first in the innings. Sultan Ahmed gets one past the wicket-keeper and the slip. Oman 16/2 in 3 overs.
  • Umpire Vinay Kumar Jha is talking to the Maldivian captain for a long time at the middle of the pitch, the Maldivian players have gathered around.
  • FOURS, Sultan Ahmed pulls one to square leg, no chance for the fielders and another beautiful shot at the midwicket. No fielders are deep in leg side. Oman 26/2 in 4 overs.
  • FOUR, Sultan Ahmed is going well here, cuts one to square boundary off Nasir Neesham. Oman 33/2 in 5 overs. Sultan is playing on 26.
  • FOUR, Vaibhav hits Shahid Abdulla over the mid-off for a boundary. The pair is repairing the early damage. Oman 39/2 in 6 overs.
  • Boundary is coming every over now and Oman get good going. The pair is creating a partnership, have already added 44 runs. Oman 45/2 in 7 overs. Sultan on 28 and Vaibhav on 15.
  • WICKET, Vaibhav tries to clip one on the square leg turning his wrist but ends up getting a top edge and the ball goes too high for the wicketkeeper to call and take an easy catch. Oman are now 48/3 in eighth over.
  • 50 up for Oman. They are 52/3 in 8 overs. Sultan Ahmed anchoring the innings and is on 32.
  • The Madivian Cricket's icon comes to attack. Kaleem Moosa's over yielded 6 runs, at least a couple of them due to sloppy misfielding. Oman 58/3 in 9 overs.
  • After 10 overs, Oman looks like moving towards a good total with a four off the last ball. They are now 66/3 and 140 seems to be the target score for Oman.
  • WICKET, Mohd Mahfooz strikes in the first over taking the key wicket. Sultan Ahmed is cleanly bowled in an attempt to cut on backfoot. Misses completely, nevertheless a good innings from Sultan getting 39 and anchoring the Oman innings half-way through.
  • Rajesh Ranpura and Amir Ali making a partnership for Oman playing the bowling comfortably. In 14 overs, they are 86/4.
  • WICKET, Mahfooz bowled Rajesh for 15 with a good bowling that goes sharply to the stumps and Rajesh can not get the shot in time. Oman 93/5 in 15 overs.
  • Five overs to go and the honors are even between the teams so far. Oman have scored good runs while Maldives too have bowled well to take wickets frequently.
  • 100 up for Oman with a brilliant drive from Amir Ali, who is now at 24, and Oman are 102/5 in 16.1 overs.
  • WICKET, Mahfooz is bowling really well as he takes his third wicket. Aamir Kaleem goes for 1 in a similar fashion, trying a late cut, and bowled straight. Oman 104/6 in 17 overs.
  • Two more overs to go and Oman are 113/6. Can they reach 130? If they could, that will be under normal circumstances winning score.
  • WOW, very good 19th over for Oman. Moosa Kaleem goes for 19 runs and Oman are 132/6 in 19 overs. Two fours, a six and a three makes the over the best in the innings.
  • Oman ends up with a good total as they reached 147/6 in 20 overs. This is a good total, and unless there is an extraordinary performance from at least one Maldivian batsman, Oman has the upper hand. However, Maldives has a few batsmen in top order who could change the spectrum of any game in any situation. Stay tuned for the updates from the Maldivian innings.
  • Amir Ali held the innings later while Sultan Ahmed did in early part. Ali ends up at 47 not out off 32 balls, with six fours. Ahmed had scored 39 off 30 balls with six fours as well. Mahfooz is of course pick of Maldivian bowlers taking 3 wickets for 23 runs. The run chase is about to being.
  • Maldives are 5/0 in 3 overs. If Maldives win this game in 7.5 overs they will go to semifinal ahead of Malaysia and Oman / if they win this in 11.5 overs, they will finish third in group ahead of Oman / and if they win in 17.3 overs, Malaysia will go to semi ahead of Oman. Phew.... that's a lot of mathematics.
  • Moosa Kaleem has opened the innings but has not been able to get big shots so far... Maldives 12/0 in 5 overs. Target 148.
  • Maldives are 16/0 in 6 overs. Maldives have kept the wickets intact, hasn't scored much run yet, and it seems the match is slipping away fast from their hand.
  • SIX, the fielder at deep midwicket holds the catch off Moosa but he has already stepped a yard outside the rope. Moosa gets the first big shot. Maldives 24/0 in 8 overs. Target 148.
  • FOUR, Moosa Kaleen gets one driven long on for a boundary and Maldives ends 8th over at 30/0. Target 148.
  • WICKET, Abdullah Shahid is trapped leg before. Tries to pull one off Hemal Mehta on his first ball and walks back.
  • Around two dozens or so spectators have gathered at the ground and are now using mobile phones to update scores of UAE vs Saudi Arabia match and cheering every time Saudi scores runs - the players are possibly wondering what is happening to the spectators.
  • Maldives 34/1 in 9 overs. The match looks dull now, unless Moosa or other Maldives batsmen go for a magical innings. Target 148.
  • FOUR, Moosa goes for a big one at long-on and the ball drops a yard inside. Maldives 39/1 in 10 overs. Target 148.
  • Madives 52/1 in 13 overs - they have reached 50 but they are not going for a victory here and the match has become dull. Target 148.
  • WICKET, Oman claims Hussain Ibrahim, who goes out for 6 caught behind by Sultan Ahmed. Moosa Kaleem is still there. Maldives 54/2 in 14 overs. Target 148.
  • Maldives 77/2 in 17 overs, three more overs to go and Maldives has no chance whatsoever. Target 148.
  • WICKETS, Maldives loses two wickets in the Ajay Lalcheta over. Safraz Jaleel is bowled in an attempt to sweep and Haziq is caught behind. Maldives 85/4 in 19 overs. Target 148, just an over to go.
  • CONGRATULATIONS to OMAN for beating Maldives by 54 runs and reaching the semifinals and the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers. Well played. Also well played to Moosa Kaleem who remained not out on 55 off 58 balls.

ACC Twenty20 Cup, Day 6
Group A: Maldives vs Oman at Engineering Ground
Maldives won the toss and elected to field
Oman 147 for 6 off 20 overs (S Ahmed 39, A Ali 47*; M Mahfooz 3-23)
Maldives 93 for 4 off 20 overs (M Kaleem 55*; A Lalcheta 2-18)
Man of the Match: Amir Ali (Oman)

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Filed December 8th, 2011