Semi-Final 2: Oman vs Hong Kong at Tribhuvan University

  • ACC Twenty20 Cup, Semi-Final 2: Hong Kong v Oman at Tribhuvan University
  • TOSS: Oman won the toss and have chosen to bat. Play starts in 25 minutes
  • What an over! What a beginning for Oman. Aizaz Khan fires the first one wide that went for a bye four and in next five balls, Zeeshan Siddique hits four boundaries, neat shots around the ground as Oman reaches 22/0 in 1 over.
  • FOUR, Siddique paddle-sweeps Munir Dar for a four in otherwise good over. Five dot balls and Oman are 26/0 in 2 overs. Hong Kong changes bowling bringing in Nadeem Ahmed.
  • FOUR, Ghazanfar Iqbal pulls a short one off Nadeem Ahmed. More than half spectators from Nepal game have decided to stay back for the second semifinal. Oman 30/0 in 3 overs.
  • DROPPED, Courtney Kruger drops a sitter at mid-off. Iqbal holes one off Munir Dar that dropped straight to Kruger who could not get hands on it. Siddique followed up with a four at cover region. Oman 36/0 in 4 overs.
  • WICKET, Iqbal is bowled by Nadeem, tried a late cut on back foot and the ball hits his stumps.
  • Nadeem concludes a tight over. Oman 37/1 in 5 overs. Siddique is not out on 26.
  • FOUR, Siddique drags Dar to the mid-wicket region. Oman 42/1 in 6 overs.
  • Irfan Ahmed bowls a tight one and Hong Kong have now pegged back Oman after the brilliant first over. Oman scored 24 in last 6 overs and are now 46/1 in 7 overs.
  • FOUR, Siddique cuts Nizakat Khan to gully and it's a boundary for him. Good shot. Oman 53/1 in 8 overs.
  • FOUR & WICKET, Siddique reaches 42 with a four through point and then is surprised by the bounce Irfan gets on the pitch. Just tries to pull late, but edges it high in air and an easy catch. Oman 62/2 in 9 overs.
  • SIX, Vaibhav Wategoankar hits a brilliant six on extra-cover off Nadeem Ahmed. Nearly hit the laptop that we are using to update the match. Thanks god, didn't hit us. Oman 70/2 in 10 overs.
  • Three runs off Roy Lamsam's first over. Hong Kong needs wickets real soon otherwise those batsmen have started playing freely with occasional shots. Run-scoring looks easy. Oman 73/2 in 11 overs.
  • FOURS, Nizakat Khan is hit for two fours in an over. First one straight down the ground that Dar unsuccessfully tried to stop with his foot, and second one a beautiful sweep. Oman 84/2 in 12 overs. Oman moving towards a competitive total.
  • With Vaibhav playing on 29, Oman are now 90/2 in 13 overs. Omani batsmen will be looking to go after bowling pretty soon now.
  • Oman 96/2 in 14 overs and the fireworks hasn't come yet. Nizakat Khan bowls well enough to deny big shots to batsmen who look comfortable now. Vaibhav is playing on 32.
  • WICKET, what a catch! Jamie Atkinson takes a stunner to dismiss Sultan Ahmed off Roy Lamsam's bowling. Ahmed drove it over midwicket, Atkinson jumps high and holds the ball on one hand. Great catch. Oman 98/2 in 15th overs.
  • FOURS, Vaibhav flicks one on the pad nicely to fine-leg boundary and hits next ball off Lamsam through extra-cover for a four. Oman 107/3 in 15 overs.
  • DROPPED, Kruger drops the second catch in the match. This time off Nizakat Khan. Vaibhav hits one straight to him, he holds the ball in both hand diving forward, drops when his hands hit the ground. Vaibhav follows that with a huge straight six and reaches 48. Oman 119/3 in 16 overs.
  • WICKET, Amir Ali hits Irfan Ahmed straight, high on air and Lamsam takes a good running catch, and at the same time hurts his finger and walks out of the ground.
  • 50 for Vaibhav. With a quick single off Irfan, Vaibhav reaches his half-century in 39 balls with four boundaries and two sixes. Well played Vaibhav. Oman 123/4 in 17 overs.
  • SIX, Awal Ali steps up and hits a six at long-on boundary. Good shot. Oman 131/4 in 18 overs.
  • WICKET, Awal Khan is caught at long-off fielder. Hit was good but not enough to clear the rope. Wicket for Irfan Ahmed. Oman 135/5 in 19 overs. Vaibhav playing on 54.
  • WICKET, Rajesh Kumar Ranpura is out on the last ball of the innings. easy catch at the cover for Jamie Atkinson. Munir Dar bowled the last over. Oman finishes at 142/6 in 20 overs.
  • Oman has posted a competitive total and it would be interesting to see how Hong Kong batsmen, who are well capable of getting that total on their day, approach this game. Praise to Omani batsmen for the batting / Hong Kong bowlers didn't bowl as per expectations and also that the pitch has become easy for the batsmen. It's a innings break, and stay on for the interesting second innings.
  • Hong Kong is opening with Irfan Ahmed and Baber Hayat. Awal Khan to open bowling for Oman.
  • SIXS, Irfan forearms a couple of sixes at mid-wicket. He has already hit 9 sixes in the tournament now, one behind Faizan Asif of UAE. Hong Kong 14/0 in 1 over. Target 143.
  • Hemal Mehta is second bowler. He will be the key bowler for Oman. Bowls left-arm spin.
    Mehta bowls a quick maiden. Hong Kong 14/0 in 2 overs. Target 143.
  • Left-arm spin Ajay Lalcheta to bowl third over. He had a good tournament so far, it would be interesting to see how HK batsmen treat him.
  • HK batsmen decided to go after Lalcheta. Irfan Ahmed hits Lalcheta consecutive fours. Lofts one on the square leg, and hits another through extra-cover. Hayat hits him for a big six on long-on. HK 29/0 in 3 overs.
  • WICKET, Hayat's struggle against Mehta ends early. He is clean bowled trying to drag a big shot on leg side. HK loses its first wicket in fourth over. Jamie Atkinson is the new man in.
  • Mehta bowls another quick over, gives away two runs and takes a wicket. HK 31/1 in 4 overs. Target 143.
  • WICKET, Irfan Ahmed walks out in an attempt to six a big six at square leg. Could not get the distance, and Zeeshan Siddique takes a well-judged catch off Rajesh Ranpura. Irfan scored 23 off 10 balls with two fours and two sixes.
  • FOUR, Munir Dar gives a delicate touch to guide the ball to thirdman boundary. HK 38/2 in 5 overs. Target 143. HK needs another 105 runs in 15 overs.
  • Hong Kong are now 45/2 in 6 overs. Target 143.
  • WICKET, Jamie Atkinson is run out as the batsmen hesitate to take a quick single and the fielder at the gully was quick to pick and throw at the wicket-keeper. HK is 46/3 in 7th over.
  • 50 up for HK in 7th over bowled by Amir Ali. HK 50/3 in 7 overs. Target 143.
  • Good tight over by Aamir, gives away only three runs. HK 53/3 in 8 overs. Target 143.
  • WICKET, Jamie Atkinson is lbw out off Amir Ali. Atkinson takes a long strides front and tries to sweep a straight delivery. Umpire was confident. HK 61/4 in 9 overs. Target 143.
  • FOUR, Munir Dar hits one at midwicket off Aamir, the fielder in the deep was little slow on dive and could not stop. HK 67/4 in 10 overs, Target 143. They need another 76 runs in next 10 overs to win. Oman needs 4 wickets.
  • Hong Kong batsmen are utilizing the benefits of playing against slow fielders and getting through a fours and singles. HK 73/4 in 11 overs. Target 143.
  • WICKETS, Nizakat is gone at 11. He tries to flick Ajay Lalcheta towards leg but ends up getting an edge and a straight forward simplest of catch to mid off fielder, Vaibhav. Waqas Barkat drags one to his stumps. HK 74/6 in 12 overs. Target 143.
  • SIX, Munir Dar is key man for Hong Kong now. Hits a six over midwicket off Amir Ali. Aizaz Khan is new man in and he can bat well too. Still some batting left for Hong Kong and the hope is still there. HK 83/6 in 13 overs. Needing 60 runs in 7 overs to win.
  • FOUR, Ajay Lalcheta drops one too short and Munir Dar cuts it for a four between cover and point. Good shot on a bad ball. HK 90/6 in 14 overs. Target 143.
  • SIX, Munir Dar hits Awal Khan for six on the long-on, good clean shot and he is on 44. Hong Kong reaches three-digit in the 15th over. HK 101/6 in 15 overs. Target 143.
  • Good tight over from Ajay Lalcheta, just 4 runs off it and Hong Kong are 105/6 in 16 overs. Target 143. Four more overs to go and one good over will do it for Hong Kong. Munir Dar's wicket may be key for Oman.
  • 50 for Munir Dar with a straight four and he follows up it with a big si at midwicket. Second fifty for him in the tournament and he now equals the most sixes, 10, in the tournament. Great knock in a crucial time and match.
  • Good over for Hong Kong, 13 runs off Aamir Khaleem. HK 118/6 in 17 overs needing 25 more runs in 3 overs.
  • FOUR, Aizaz Khan hits a lovely four on extra cover off Hemal Mehta and a couple of twos, and singles makes it 129/6 in 18 overs for Hong Kong. HK are now in comfortable position to win this game. 14 runs off two overs, easy unless Oman produces something extraordinary here.
  • FOUR, Munir Dar gets a four on the midwicket. He has batted really well today.
  • FOUR, Aizaz Khan hits one straight, Rajesh Ranpura runs to his right but could not reach the ball in his dive. HK 141/6 in 19 overs. Needs 2 runs off last over to win and enter the final against Afghanistan.
  • WICKET, Aizaz Khan gets out off Hemal Mehta scoring 14 off 18 balls. Qais bin Al Said holds a straight catch at the midwicket.
  • SCORES ARE LEVEL now. Nadeem takes a quick single.
  • FOUR and VICTORY for Hong Kong. Munir Dar fittingly hits a four on long-off for end the game. Dar scored 76 not out off 46 balls with 8 fours and 3 sixes to take his team to the final against Afghanistan. Hong Kong players greets the crowd and the crowd absolutely loves it. The final is on Sunday while Nepal plays Oman for the third-place playoff on Saturday.
  • There should not be much difficulty for the match referee and umpires to decide who the man of the match is. Munir Dar is a clear winner here.

ACC Twenty20 Cup, Semi-Final 2
Oman vs Hong Kong at Tribhuvan University
Oman won the toss and elected to bat first
Oman: 142 for 6 off 20 overs (Z Siddiqui 42, V Wategaonkar 56; I Ahmed 3-20)
Hong Kong: 146 for 7 off 19.3 overs (I Ahmed 23, M Dar 76*; H Mehta 2-16, A Lalcheta 2-27)
Man of the match: Munir Dar (Hong Kong)

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Filed December 9th, 2011