In the first game of the T20 World Cup, which returned after a five-year absence, Oman thrashed Papua New Guinea by 10 wickets. After skipper Zeeshan Maqsood’s 4 for 20, the best T20I statistics for Oman, reduced the opposition to only 129/9, openers Jatinder Singh and Aqib Ilyas contributed an unbroken 131 runs in 13.4 overs.
For PNG, wickets come before runs on the board.
PNG’s tournament got off to a bad start when they dropped their first two games without scoring a run. Tony Uraw was bowled by Bilal Khan with the sixth ball of the match, while Lega Siaka was bowled by Kaleemullah in the next over, with both openers being found wanting in their footwork.
Assad Vala is leading the recovery effort.
PNG’s skipper Vala, who walked in at No. 3 and played a mature hand on route to a half-century, was largely responsible for their 129 in 20 overs. In his 56-run innings off 43 balls, he smashed four fours and three sixes, and he and Charles Amini put on a vital 81-run third-wicket stand (37 off 26). However, Amini was run out by Mohammad Nadeem in the 11th over, while Vala was caught in the deep by Jantinder a few overs later.
Zeeshan Maqsood’s performance
After Amini’s run out, the Oman skipper brought himself to bowl only in the 13th over, hoping to sneak in a few calm overs. He even gave Vala a six in his first over, but returned three wickets and only gave up one run in his second over, bowling from the other end. On an excellent wicket at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground, PNG lost 4 for 6 and was reduced to a below-par score.
The charge is led by the openers.
The chase began slowly, with Jatinder and Aqib taking their quick singles against the electric PNG fielders inside the ring with caution. But a rush of shots followed as both openers went on to collect their fifties. In his 42-ball 73 not-out, Jatinder demonstrated his additional gear, hitting seven fours and four sixes. PNG had a bad day with their bowling discipline and catching, dropping both openers at least once.
Summary Of The Match
PNG 129/9 in 20 overs (Asad Vala 56; Maqsood 4-20) were defeated by 10 wickets by Oman 131/0 in 13.4 overs (Jatinder Singh 73, Aqib Ilyas 50).