3rd/4th Playoff: Nepal v Oman at Tribhuvan University: NEPAL CRESTED


  • 3rd/4th Playoff, Nepal v Oman at Tribhuvan University: Not as foggy or as cold as yesterday, though it is actually getting progressively heavier this morning, play is scheduled to start in just under an hour at 9.15 AM local time, 55 minutes from now. May not be possible to start on time.
  • No toss as yet, covers still on, cold and foggy still.
  • There'll be a ground inspection in 10 minutes, the covers are still on, and the haze has not lifted significantly.
  • The umpires and match referee inspect ground and said there will be another inspection at 10 am local time. If the ground is fit then, the toss will be held at 10:15 am.
  • Oman team is walking around the ground and when they reached near the crowd, about a few hundreds so far today, they were cheered and greeted by the team.
  • The match will start at 10:20 am NST and the match has been reduced to 15-over per side affair. The captains are being called for the toss now.
  • Oman won the toss and elected to bat first.
  • Nepal XI: Paras Khadka, Gyanendra Malla, Subash Khakurel, Sanjam Regmi, Basant Regmi, Rahul BK, Mehboob Alam, Binod Das, Pradeep Airee, Binod Bhandari and Prithu Baskota.
  • Oman XI: Hemal Mehta, Sultan Ahmed, Qais Al Said, Vaibhav Wategaonkar, Zeeshan Siddiqui, Awal Khan, Amir Ali, Aamir Kaleem, Rajeshkumar Ranpura, Jatinder Singh and Ajay Lalcheta.
  • Zeeshan Siddiqui and Jatindar Singh to open for Oman, Binod Das to open bowling for Nepal.
  • FOURS, Zeeshan Siddique hits two fours of Binod Das' over. The first on square leg, lofted off the pad and second over extra cover. Oman 13/0 in 1 over.
  • Just 4 runs off left-arm spinner Basant Regmi's over. Oman 17/0 in 2 overs.
  • Spin from both end now. And, Jatindar Singh drives off-spinner Sanjam Regmi through cover for a four. Oman 23/0 in 3 overs.
  • SIX & WICKET, Zeeshan Siddique lifts Basant Regmi for a big one over extra cover, good clean shot from Omani opener. Then, after single, he tries to sweep him and is cleanly bowled. Oman loses first wicket.
  • Oman 31/1 in 4 overs.
  • Vaibhav Watgoankar seems to be in good touch here. Hits off-spinner Sanjam Regmi for two fours, one delicate touch at third-man and second thumping straight one. Oman 42/1 in 5 overs.
  • Captain Paras Khadka brings himself in. 5 runs off the over and Oman are 47/1 in 6 overs.
  • WICKET, Vaibhav hits one straight to Prithu Baskota at deep extra-cover. Prithu takes an easy catch and off spinner Sanjam ends his third over with a wicket. Oman meanwhile reaches 50 in 7 overs. Oman 50/2 in 7 overs.
  • Omani batsmen, Jatindar and Sultan Ahmed, take singles and twos in left-arm spinner Rahul BK's first over putting fielders under pressure. Oman 56/2 in 8 overs.
  • BYE FOUR, Paras Khadka changes the end. Jatindar tries to step forward, he and wicketkeeper Subash Khakurel completely miss it and it goes for a bye four. 10 runs off the over. Oman 66/2 in 9 overs.
  • WICKET, Jatindar Singh is stumped off a wide ball. He steps forward and Rahul bowls a wide one, easy one for Subash Khakurel to stump. Jatindar goes for 20 of 23 balls with a boundary, good patient innings.
  • At the conclusion of 10 overs, Oman 70/3. Five more overs to go.
  • Wow, Amir Ali gets two runs playing Dilscoop off medium-pacer Mehboob Alam.
  • WICKET, Amir Ali is gone. Caught by Gyanendra Malla at short fine leg as Ali skies a shot that could classify as half-scoop/half-sweep. Oman 73/4 in 11 overs.
  • Five runs off Paras Khadka as Oman ends 12th over at 79/4. 3 more overs to go.
  • WICKET, Sultan Ahmed is out caught by Sanjam Regmi off Mehboob Alam. Ahmed hits a big one, ends up getting the height and good catch at midwicket.
  • WICKET, Rajesh Kumar Ranpura skies one off Mehboob Alam and Rahul holds a catch at short fine-leg. Third wicket for Alam. Oman 84/6 in 13 overs.
  • Binod Das bowls a tidy over. Oman 87/6 in 14 overs. Last over to be bowled by Mehboob Alam.
  • SIXES, Awal Khan sweeps Alam for a six at square and then hits him over midwicket for another.
  • Oman reaches 100.
  • WICKET, Mehboob Alam gets his fourth wicket as Awal Khan could not get enough length. Paras Khadka holds a catch at deep mid-wicket.
  • WICKET, Qais Khalid Al Said is run out in the last ball, goes for a quick single and direct hit runs him out. Oman finishes innings of 15 overs at 101/8. That's a competitive total.
    Nepal opening with Subash Khakurel and Pradeep Airee. Rajesh Kumar Ranpura to bowl for Oman.
  • FOUR, Good backfoot punch by Pradeep Airee on square. Nepal 6/0 in 1 over (Target 102 in 15 overs)
  • SIX, Subash Khakurel hits six at square leg on a high fulltoss, given no ball by umpire.
  • FOUR, Pradeep Airee gets four on square leg off a fulltoss on his pad, sloppy fielding at deep. HH Qais Khalid Al Said finishes his first over giving away 15 runs. Nepal 21/0 in 2 overs (Target 102 in 15 overs)
  • DROPPED, Subash Khakurel is dropped by Amir Ali off Rajesh Ranpura. Ran hard and dived but could not hold the ball at mid-on.
  • CHANCE, Pradeep Airee hits one straight and Rajesh could not hold it on his follow-through.
  • Rajesh Ranpura bowls another good over giving away only 3 runs and creating a couple of wicket chances. Nepal 25/0 in 3 overs (Target 102 in 15 overs)
  • FOUR, Pradeep Airee hits a four off Awal Khan, good shot over extra cover.
  • FOUR, Pradeep Airee gets another four over gully. Nepal 33/0 in 4 overs (Target 102 in 15 overs)
  • FOUR, Subash Khakurel sweeps Hemal Mehta, Oman's key bowler and captain, for a four.
  • WICKET, Pradeep Airee is lbw at 20. Hemal Mehta gives a breakthrough with a straight delivery that hits pad on stretched front foot of Airee. Umpire has no hesitation to raise his finger. Nepal 38/1 in 5 overs. Target 102 in 15 overs.
  • Six runs off Aamir Kaleem's first over. Nepal 44/1 in 6 overs. Target 102 in 15 overs.
  • Oman tightens screw here giving away only two runs in an over bowled by Amir Ali. Nepal 46/1 in 7 overs. Target 102 in 15 overs.
  • WICKETS, Subash Khakurel is out caught by Jatindar Singh at deep square leg and Mehboob Alam is stumped. Ajay Lalcheta strikes twice in his first over. Paras Khadka and Prithu Baskota new batsmen in.
  • Nepal 48/3 in 8 overs. Target 102 in 15 overs.
  • 50 up for Nepal. At the end of 9th over, Nepal is 53/3 needing 49 in next 6 overs for victory.
  • WICKET, Paras Khadka tries a reverse sweep and caught by Al Said at short fine leg. Not a good shot to play when you have fine-leg and leg-gully.
  • Nepal now needs 46 runs off 30 balls for victory. Nepal 56/4 in 10 overs.
  • DROPPED, Gyanendra Malla is dropped at mid-off, straight forward catch, could not hold. Nepal 60/4 in 11 overs. Four more overs to go, Nepal need 42 runs.
  • FOUR & SIX, Prithu Baskota steps forward and flicks Aamir Kaleem for four at square leg. And, hits a six into the stands at midwicket. Clean, easy looking shots.
  • WICKET, lucky one for Oman as umpire gives lbw to Prithu Baskota who had stepped forward.
  • SIX, Binod Bhandari sweeps the first ball to six off Aamir Kaleem.
  • WICKET, Binod Bhandari goes second ball, tries to hit another but holes up in the sky and easy catch at deep.
  • Nepal 76/6 in 12 overs. Target 102 in 15 overs.
  • Oman back to pace with Rajesh Ranpura who gives away 6 runs, including a wide and a noball as only three fielders were inside the circle. Nepal 82/6 in 13 overs. Need 20 runs in 12 balls for victory.
  • FOUR, Basant cuts Hemal Mehta to ease down the pressure.
  • WICKET, Gyanendra Malla is out caught at deep extra cover. Good catch by Rajesh Ranpura. Nepal 89/7 in 14 overs. Nepal needs 13 off last over.
  • WICKET, Basant Regmi is run out in an attempt to run second. Could have run a bit faster though. Binod has made his ground a lot earlier. Nepal 90/8 in 14.1 overs. Target 102 in 15 overs.
  • FOUR, Rahul BK gets a four through gully and point. Nepal 94/8 in 14.2 overs. Needs 8 runs off 4 balls.
  • Nepal needed six off last two balls and now four of last ball to win.
  • WICKET, Rahul BK is run out and Oman won by 2 runs. Nepal finishes at 99/9 in 15 overs.
  • That's a brilliant performance by Oman and they can term the tour successful. Nepal on the other hand could celebrate qualifying for the ICC World T20 qualifiers, and much to learn for them in this format of game.
  • Two great finishes, Oman just pip Nepal to win by two runs and Bhutan beat Saudi Arabia by one wicket off the last ball of their match. Gutsy performances all.

ACC Twenty20 Cup, 3rd/4th Playoff
Nepal v Oman at Tribhuvan University
OMAN WON BY TWO RUNS
Match reduced to 15 overs
Oman won the toss and chose to bat
Oman: 101 for 8 off 15 overs (M.Alam 4-22)
Nepal: 99 for 9 off 15 overs (H.Mehta 2-16, A.Khaleem 3-11)
Man of the Match: Amir Khaleem (Oman)
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Filed December 10th, 2011